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Creator:
William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title:
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
Date:
1803 to 1805
Medium:
Watercolor, with pen, and black ink gray ink, and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige, wove paper, mounted on, moderately thick, slightly textured, beige, wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 1/16 × 12 1/2 inches (35.7 × 31.8 cm) and Mount: 18 1/4 × 16 7/8 inches (46.4 × 42.9 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

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 (in monogram) in black ink, lower left: "WB"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.4309
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
basket | doorway | Egyptian | 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 | slave | walls | women
Associated People:
Zuleikha, Potiphar's wife
Potiphar
Joseph
Access:
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Exhibition History:
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The Human Form Divine - William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-04-02 - 1997-07-06)

Publications:
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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)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:7231
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