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Creator:
William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title:
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
Date:
ca. 1825
Medium:
Watercolor with pen and black ink on medium, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 16 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches (42.2 x 35.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

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:
B1977.14.6102
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
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)
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Exhibition History:
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English Drawings and Watercolors from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20)

William Blake [Butlin] (Tate Britain, 1978-03-08 - 1978-05-21)

William Blake [Butlin] (Whitworth Art Gallery, 1978-06-10 - 1978-07-15)

William Blake - His Art & Times (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-09-15 - 1982-11-14)

William Blake - His Art & Times (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1982-12-03 - 1983-02-06)

William Blake (Tokyo) (The National Museum of Western Art, 1990-09-18 - 1990-11-25)

The Human Form Divine - William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-04-02 - 1997-07-06)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007-07-11 - 2007-09-30)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (The State Hermitage Museum, 2007-10-23 - 2008-01-13)

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

Publications:
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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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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 +]

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)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:7242
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