William Blake (1757–1827)
Adam Naming the Beasts
Tempera on canvas
74.9 cm (29.49 in.), Width: 61.6 cm (24.25 in.)
Pollok House – Glasgow (United Kingdom – Glasgow)
Genesis 1:24–27 states that God made the land animals, as well as the first man and woman, on Day Six of Creation Week. Genesis 2:18–23 tells us that Adam named the animals before Eve was created. More on Adam Naming the Beasts
Sir William Blake Richmond KCB, RA (29 November 1842 – 11 February 1921), was a portrait painter and a designer of stained glass and mosaic, whose works include mosaic decorations below the dome and in the apse of St Paul’s cathedral in London. He was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford from 1879 to 1883. He was named after a close friend of his father, the artist William Blake.
William received some coaching from Ruskin. In 1857 at the age of 14 he entered the Royal Academy schools, where he studied for about three years. A visit to Italy in 1859 gave him opportunity for studying the works of old masters and had an effect on his development. His first Academy picture was a portrait group (1861); and to this succeeded, during the next three years, several other pictures of the same class.
Although he was a successful portrait-painter, Richmond wished to paint large, allegoric works, and this led him to take an interest in the design of stained glass and mosaic. His most conspicuous achievement was the internal decoration and the glass mosaics covering the spandrels and choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. More on Sir William Blake Richmond
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