William Blake, Christ Blessing, c. 1810. Tempera on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.180. © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
William Blake, British (London, England 1757 - 1827 London, England)
Christ Blessing
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Saviour / Head of Christ in Glory / Head of our Saviour
Work Type
c. 1810
Physical Descriptions
Tempera on canvas
76.5 x 63.5 cm (30 1/8 x 25 in.)
framed: 99.5 x 86.5 cm (39 3/16 x 34 1/16 in.)
Thomas Butts, to son T. Butts Jr..
Thomas Butts Jr., from father T. Butts, Sold at Fosters to J. C. Strange, 1853. Object no. 74, then called The Saviour
J. C. Strange, Purchased at Fosters sale, 1853.
Francis Harvey, 1865.
James Jackson Jarves, 1876, to daughter Mrs. Annabel Kerr.
Mrs. Annabel Kerr, from father, J. J. Jarves, to husband? Captain Walter R. Kerr.
Captain Walter R. Kerr, from wife? Mrs. Annabel Kerr, Sold anonymously at Christies, 1925. Object was no. 51
Scott & Fowles, New York, Sold to Winthrop, 1930.
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Purchase from Scott and Fowles, 1930, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid $25000.
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

Alexander Gilchrist, The Life of William Blake: Pictor Ignotus (3 vols.), Macmillan and Co. (London, Cambridge, 1863), II, 231; no. 201

The Works of William Blake, exh. cat., Burlington Fine Arts Club (London, England, 1876), no. 127

Exhibition of Books, Water Colors, Engravings, etc., by William Blake, exh. cat., A. Mudge and Son (Boston, 1891), p. 11, no.14

Mona Wilson, The Life of William Blake (London, England, 1927), p. 316, repr. plate XVIII

Thomas Wright, Life of William Blake, Bucks (Olney, England, 1929), vol II, 152, no. 30

Sir Geoffrey Keynes, William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible, Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust (New York, NY, 1957), p. 34, no. 122

Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Blake Studies, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), p. 156

David Bindman, William Blake 1757-1827, exh. cat., British Council (London, England, 1975), no. 113 and fig. 76

David Bindman, Blake as an Artist, Phaidon Press / E. P. Dutton (Oxford, England /New York, NY, 1977), p. 171

Martin Butlin, William Blake, exh. cat., Tate Gallery (London, England, 1978), no. 214 and fig. 18

Martin Butlin, The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1981), no. 670, p. 484, repr. pl. 892

Raymond Lister, The Paintings of William Blake, Cambridge University Press (U.K.) (Cambridge, England, 1986), no. 50 and repr., color, opposite

Robert N. Essick, William Blake and the Language of Adam, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1989), repr. b/w plate 8, facing p. 23

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. 98; repr. as no. 29

Morris Eaves, The Counter-Arts Conspiracy: Art and Industry in the Age of Blake, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY, 1992), repr. in b/w, fig. 4-13, p. 198; listed p. xi

Barbara Maria Stafford, Artful Science: Enlightenment, Entertainment,and the Eclipse of Visual Education, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA, 1994), repr. in b/w p. 207, fig. 145

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, 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, 2002), pp. 112-113, cat.#22, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 144, pp. 338-340, repr. in color

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 14, cat. 1, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 144, pp. 350-351, repr. in color

Exhibition History

Exhibition of the Works of William Blake, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 01/01/1876 - 12/31/1876

Exhibition of Books, Water Colors, Engravings, Etc. by William Blake, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/07/1891 - 03/15/1891

Blake Room, Tate Gallery, London, 01/01/1927 - 12/31/1928

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

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

Looking Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2018 - 05/06/2018

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