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William Blake, 1757–1827, British

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Additional Title(s):

The Wise and Foolish Virgins

ca. 1825
Watercolor with pen and black ink on medium, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 16 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches (42.2 x 35.2 cm)

Signed in gold ink, lower right: "W Blake inv"

Inscribed in graphite, verso, lower left, encircled: "5[...]"; in graphite, verso, lower left: "BLAKE, WiLLiAM : WiSE + FOOLiSH ViRGiNS | 62/5/22/2"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | clouds | houses | judgments | night | oil lamps | parable | religious and mythological subject | robes | spires | trumpets | virgins | wisdom | women
Associated People:
Jesus Christ (7-2 BC/BCE to 30-36 AD/CE)
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IIIF Manifest:

A loan exhibition of English drawings and watercolours from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, Plate is Frontpiece, cat. no. 1, Pl. 1, N5247.M385 L62 (YCBA)

Brian Allen, The Sport of Collecting : Paul Mellon and British Art, Apollo, v.165,no.542, April 2007, pp. 34, 36, fig. 3, N1 A54 + (YCBA)

An exhibition of English drawings and water colors from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, February 18-April 1, 1962, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1962, pp. 7, 30, cat. no. 4, Pl. 4, NC228 U6 (YCBA) Copy 2 is on Mellon Shelf

Naomi Billingsley, The visionary art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination, I.B. Tauris, London ; New York, plate 9, NJ18.B57 B55 2018 (LC) (YCBA)

English Drawings and Watercolours from the Mellon Collection, The Times (London), issue no. 56195, December 15, 1964, p. 6, Available online: The Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 5, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

Matthew Hargraves, William Blake and Paul Mellon : the life of the mind, Open Knowledge Foundation, New York, 2014, [ pp. 3, 4 ], fig. 3, V 2557 Printed from URL: http://openglam.org/2014/10/07/william-blake-and-paul-mellon-the-life-of-the-mind

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, v.1: p. 202, no. 387, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

The Yale Center for British Art, An Anniversary Celebration of Paul Mellon's Great Legacy , Apollo, April 2007, fig. 3, pp. 34, 36, N5220 M552 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Appeared as April 2007 issue of Apollo;; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 165:2 +]

Yale University Art Gallery, English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965 , New Haven, 1965, Cat. no. 1, Frontpiece, NC228 Y34 (YCBA)

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