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Death on a Pale Horse

Blake, William (draughtsman)

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Death on a Pale Horse


Blake, William (draughtsman) [ULAN info: British artist, 1757-1827]







Technique Description

pen, Indian ink, grey wash and watercolour on paper


height: 393 mm
width: 311 mm


circa 1800


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1914 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Painted for Thomas Butts (d. 1846); Thomas Butts, Jnr. (d. 1862); his sale, Foster's, 29 June 1853 (91), bt. by Colnaghi (for £1 17s 6d); 'Mr Thomas'; Alfred Aspland by 1876; Aspland sale, Sotheby's, 27 January 1885 (63), bt. by Colnaghi (for £5 10s 0d); Crawford J. Pocock (d. before 1890); offered at Christie's 12-14 May 1891 (585a), (bt. in at 12 gns.); Mrs Crawford Pocock; her sale, Sotheby's, 8 July 1895 (127), bt. by Keppell (for £17 6s 6d); Frederick Hollyer; his sale, Sotheby's, 24 June 1903 (42), bt. by Quaritch (for £60); W.A. White, New York; bt. back 1914 by Quaritch, bt. from them by Friends of the Fitzwilliam (£60)


  1. signature
    Position: lower right
    Content: WB inv
    Description: (b.r.)


  1. Gilchrist, Alexander (1863) Life of William Blake, [page: 255]
    [comments: II, (list 3), cat. no. 12 (Mr Thomas from Mr Butts).]
  2. Gilchrist, Alexander (1880) Life of William Blake (2nd Edition), [page: 242]
    [comments: No. 200]
  3. Keynes, Geoffrey (1957) William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible, [page: 46]
  4. Blunt, Anthony (1959) The Art of William Blake, [page: 100]
  5. Bindman, David (1970) William Blake: catalogue of the Blake collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): W. Heffer and Sons Ltd. [page: 24]
    [comments: Plate 11.]


Indian ink (medium)
grey wash (medium)
watercolour (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

765 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 17490; Input Date: 2000-12-14 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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