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Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

The Woman taken in Adultery signed and dated Apr 1842

RCIN 451108

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The royal purchase of this watercolour at an exhibition in 1842 was important in establishing Corbould’s reputation. The theatrical depiction of Christ’s defence of a woman accused of adultery (John 8:7) is typical of the artist’s rich style, more comparable to oil painting than to the British watercolour tradition.

Purchased by Prince Albert in 1842

No. 72