Yale Center for British Art
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)
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"
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:
walls | Egyptian | slave | basket | robes | religious and mythological subject | rape | Potiphar's wife before her husband: she accuses Joseph of trying to violate her, using the cloak as evidence | grapes | Old Testament | pyramids | linen | doorway | men | husband | women
Currently On View:
Not on view
Exhibition History:
The Human Form Divine - William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-04-02 - 1997-07-06)

Publications:
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