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Sir James Thornhill, 1675–1734

The Angel appearing to the shepherds, the visitation, and the annunciation: a sheet of notes for a proposed decorative scheme with 3 sketches of paintings for overdoors

Materials & Techniques:
Pen and brown ink, graphite, and gray wash on sheet: moderately thick, moderately textured beige laid paper; mount: moderately thick moderately textured beige laid paper
Sheet: 9 1/4 x 8in. (23.5 x 20.3cm), Mount: 8 5/8 x 10 inches (21.9 x 25.4 cm)

Inscribed in the artist's hand in brown ink, top left: "Christ preaching amongst Doctors. | Annunciation of B. V. | Angels appear to ye Shepherds | Eliz : & Mary | Our Savior & wom. of Samaria | Christ Preaching on ye Mount. | Widows milk put [? into .. bose] | Woman taken in adultery. | Christ calling ye money changers out of | the Temple. | Peter. Act. 3. raise a lame man. | John preaching in ye desert proposal [?] ye way | Martha & Mary as Jesus passt. [?]. Luke 10th. | Christ and Nicodemus. | Transfiguration. Math. 17 | Christ appears to Mary Magdalene Jn. 20. | Christ appears to ye 2 disciples at Emmaus | Unbelieving [?] of Thomas] | Woman touching [??] hem of the garment | Good Samaritan Luc. 10 | Parable of ye 10 virgins | Woman in [?Alabjan basc.... ] our savior | Agony in the Garden"; In brown ink, lower left: "Or rather all Histories previous to ye Nativity | Such as foretell ye Messiah. - | As Angel ap. to Mary | Ang. ap. to shepherds | Mary & Elizabeth | Old Simeon [?] struck blind in ye Temple | St John Baptist preaching in ye Desert"; In brown ink, upper right: "Door into ye Great hall. r. E. | 4-8 1/2 | 2-6"; in brown ink, center right: "Door next ye court E.E. | 3-10 | 2-9"; in brown ink, lower right: "Door to ye little Stairs. E. E. | 3-2 4/3 | 2-9"

Signed in graphite, on mount, lower left: "Sir J. Thornhill"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | annunciation of Christ's birth to the shepherds (and/or shepherdesses) at night; a host of singing angels in the air | architectural subject | biblical studies | Old Testament | overdoors | religious and mythological subject | romans | shepherds | temple
Associated Places:
As-Samirah | Israel
Associated People:
The Virgin Mary
Jesus Christ (7–2 BC/BCE to 30–36 AD/CE)
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