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Christ (?)

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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This painting, thought to be of Christ, is most probably that donated by Samuel Ayscough (1745–1804), and recorded thus in the Trustees’ Minutes March 20, 1772: 'Mr Ayscough having presented a Picture of our Saviour, Thanks were ordered for the same.' The donor, Samuel Ayscough, was described by his biographer as the 'Prince of Index-makers'. He was first employed temporarily by the Museum in 1772 to work on the Catalogue of Printed Books.

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  • Date

    17th C

  • Medium

    oil & gesso on wood

  • Measurements

    26.2 x 21 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift from Samuel Ayscough, 1772


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