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The Ascension: PD.32-1949

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The Ascension


Blake, William (Draughtsman)


History note: Painted for Thomas Butts (d. 1846); Thomas Butts, Jnr. (d. 1862); Captain F.J. Butts (d. 1905); offered for sale at Sotheby's, 24 June 1903 (17) (bt. in for £115); bt. by W. Graham Robertson, February 1904; offered for sale at Christie's, 22 July 1949 (38); bt. in by the executors (for £7,350)

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Through the National Art Collections Fund.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949) by Executors of W. Graham Robertson


Circa 1805 - 1806

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Materials used in production

Indian ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper Painted Area: Height 425 mm Width 319 mm
Sheet Size: Height 523 mm Width 430 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen, graphite, Indian ink and watercolour with graphite underdrawing on paper
Pen and ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WB / inv
  • Location: Lower left
  • Signature
  • Text: Acts I c. 9-10 v
  • Location: Lower right

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.32-1949
Primary reference Number: 17501
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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