Signed with initials in circle, at lower right corner, in pen and black ink, lowercase "inv" over initials "WB." Inscribed on back of mount, in pencil, partially cut off, "...[w]as the third hour, and they / [crucified] him'--Mark ch. 15-v.25-/155. ff: Gilchrist's life of Blake."
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 11, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw. Part II. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1985, no. 28. (also in Thaw III, no. 47)
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 47.
Watermark: none visible through mount.
This highly finished watercolor is one of several drawings depicting the Passion of Christ that Blake made in response to a 1799 commission from Thomas Butts for a series of Bible illustrations. Butts, a clerk in the War Office, became one of Blake's most important patrons for the following decade. The Passion cycle as a whole is distinguished by the cumulative emotional power derived from the repetition of Christ's form at the center of each sheet. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"
Butts, Thomas, 1759-1846, former owner.
Butts, Thomas, 1788-1862, former owner.
Bohn, Henry G. (Henry George), 1796-1884, former owner.
Weston, Gould, Col., former owner.
Weston, Alexander Anderdon, former owner.
Parsons, E., former owner.
Robertson, W. Graham (Walford Graham), 1866-1948, former owner.
Glentanar, Lord, former owner.
Bruce, Jean, former owner.
Koike, M., former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.