Deposition from the Cross

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.


Deposition from the Cross (aka Deposition), c.1926
Oil on canvas, 49.5 cm x 59.1 cm

'When the even [after Christ's crucifixion] was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed' – Matthew 27:57–60.
PROVENANCE: Tate Gallery (T07740)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Artists' Association (1) 1929 (as Deposition, 60 gns), Rotterdam 2011, Tate Britain 2012

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