Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
- 1803 to 1805
- Watercolor, with pen, and black ink gray ink, and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige wove paper
- Sheet: 14 1/16 × 12 1/2 inches (35.7 × 31.8 cm), Mount: 18 1/4 × 16 7/8 inches (46.4 × 42.9 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, on mount, upper center: "Joseph and Jezebel"; inscribed in graphite, on mount, lower right: "Gen. ch. 39th v. 17th & 18"; inscribed in graphite, on mount, lower center: "And she spake unto her lord according to these words, | saying, the Hebrew servant which thou hast brought unto"; in graphite, lower right, circled: "96"
Signed monogram in black ink, lower left: "WB"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Drawings & Watercolors
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- basket | doorway | Egyptian | enslaved person | grapes | husband | linen | men | Old Testament | Potiphar's wife before her husband: she accuses Joseph of trying to violate her, using the cloak as evidence | pyramids | rape | religious and mythological subject | robes | walls | women
- Associated People:
Zuleikha, Potiphar's wife
- Accessible by appointment in the Study Room [Request]
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- IIIF Manifest:
The Human Form Divine - William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-04-02 - 1997-07-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]
Naomi Billingsley, The visionary art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination, I.B. Tauris, London ; New York, p. 123, fig. 30, NJ18.B57 B55 2018 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]