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Identification and Creation
Object Number
George Frederick Watts, British (London, England 1817 - 1904 Limnerslease, Compton, England)
Frame by M. Grieve Co.
The Denunciation of Adam and Eve
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Expulsion of Adam and Eve
Work Type
c. 1873-c. 1898
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
150.81 x 66.36 cm (59 3/8 x 26 1/8 in.)
framed: 167.01 x 82.23 x 6.99 cm (65 3/4 x 32 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: G F Watts
Sir Edmund Davis, 1899. [Christie's, no. 92], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1939 [through Martin Birnbaum], bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

T. Martin Wood, "The Edmund Davis Collection--II", The International Studio (June 1915), vol. LXV, no. 267, pp. 3-17, p. 241, ill. p. 239

[Review of the Christie's sale], The London Times (London, England, July 8, 1939)

Sale of Pictures and Drawings, the Property of the Late Sir Edmund Davis, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, July 7, 1939), no. 92

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 103

Allen Staley, Victorian High Renaissance, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, 1978), p. 82

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 133, repr. as no. 76

Francesca Mitchell, "Technical Study of the Paintings by George Frederic Watts in the Collection at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1990), Unpublished, pp. 1-22 passim

Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), pp. 142-143, cat. #37, color repr.

Mark Bills and Barbara Bryant, G.F. Watts: Victorian Visionary, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven/London, 2008), under no. 35, p. 168

Exhibition History

Winter Exhibition: Works by the Late George Frederick Watts, R.A., O.M. and the Late Frederick Sandys, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 10/01/1905 - 12/31/1905

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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