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Creator William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
Alternate Title(s) 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)
Inscribed in graphite, verso, lower left, encircled: "5[...]"; in graphite, verso, lower left: "BLAKE, WiLLiAM : WiSE + FOOLiSH ViRGiNS | 62/5/22/2", Signed in gold ink, lower right: "W Blake inv"
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1977.14.6102
Collection Prints and Drawings
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People Represented or Subject • Jesus Christ (7-2 BC/BCE to 30-36 AD/CE)
Subject Terms angels | clouds | houses | judgments | night | oil lamps | parable | religious and mythological subject | robes | spires | trumpets | virgins | wisdom | women

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)

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)

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 +]

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

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

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)

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)

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:

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