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Title Jesus Betrayed
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Loutherbourg, Philip James de (French painter and scenographer, 1740-1812, active in Great Britain)
Date 1798 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This painting and its pair, Christ at Emmaus were commissioned as part of a London based publishing venture by Thomas Macklin, begun around 1790 and completed in 1800. Macklin employed twenty different artists and fifteen different engravers to translate their work into engraving for his six volume Holy Bible. De Loutherbourg's dramatic compositions illustrate the beginnings of the Romantic movement in Britain.
Current Accession Number 1982P45
Former Accession Number P.4582
Inscription front lr 'P.J. de Loutherbourg R.A. 1798'
Subject religion (Betrayal)
Measurements 122.8 x 99.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund and the V & A Purchase Grant Fund 1982.
Provenance Macklin sale, Peter Coxe Burrell and Foster, 1800, lot 70 [?]; Joseph Houlton, Farleigh [?]; Parochial Church Council of Farleigh Hungerford; Diocese of Bath and Wells sale, Christie's, 1982.
Publications Jackson, J. E., A Guide to Farleigh Hungerford, Taunton, 1860; Boase, T. S. R., 'Macklin and Bowyer', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol. 26, 1963, p. 177.
Notes Engraved by James Fittler, 1800, also published in Macklin's Bible. Dealer's stencil on lower bar 'CK90'. Letter in file from Ellis Waterhouse: 'Joseph Houlton sounds like a very probable purchaser.' The Houltons built their neo-Gothic Farleigh house nearby in the first decade of the 1800s. Joseph Houlton Esq, Furleigh was a subscriber to Macklin's Bible.

Parochial Church Council of Farleigh Hungerford, Diocesan Registry, 14 Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RE.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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