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Christ and the woman of Samaria



William Hamilton


1751 - 02 Dec 1801




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


127.4 x 101.8 cm canvas; 144.0 x 118.8 x 10.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r., "W Hamilton R.A.". Not dated.


Purchased 1970


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

William Hamilton

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Thomas Macklin, circa 1791-29 May 1801, London/England, Commissioned by Macklin. His sale, Coxe, Burrell & Foster, London, 5–10 May 1800, no 59 ('Samaritan woman at the well'), bought in; Macklin's estate sale, Peter Coxe, Burrell & Foster, 27–30 May 1801, 3rd day, 29 May 1801, no 17.

Peter Stuart, pre 1881, Liverpool/England, Elm House, Seaforth, Liverpool, by 1881 (see exhibitions); presumably by descent.

James Nicoll, post 02 Mar 1934, Purchased at Christie's, London, 2 Mar 1934, no 115 ('from a country house in the north of England'). Purchased at this sale by James Nicoll, 6½ gns

Christie's London, 18 Nov 1966, London/England, Purchased at Christie's, London, 18 Nov 1966, no 28, by 'Parks', 70 gns.

W. & F.C. Bonham & Sons, Ltd., London, 26 Jun 1967, London/England, Purchased by Agnew's, lot 91.

Agnew's, London, 26 Jun 1967-16 Jun 1970, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Agnew's 1970.

Referenced in 19 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, p 17, col illus p 17.

Thomas Sjerrer Ross Boase, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol 26, 'Macklin and Bowyer', London, 1963, pp 148–77: p 167.

Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 8, illus p 8.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 82, illus p 82.

Renée Free, Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, Art Gallery of New South Wales special number, 'European collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, pp 63–74: p 64.

Algernon Graves, A century of loan exhibitions, 1813-1912, 5 vols, London, 1913-1915, vol 4, 1914, p 1951.

Peter Tomory and Robert Gaston, European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, p 40, no 46, illus p 40.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 5.

European painting 16th to 19th centuries and Australian painting of the 19th century [in Russian], Moscow, 1979-1980, np, no 6.

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 9129 (22 June).

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 22.

Catalogue of the fifth exhibition of pictures, painted for T Macklin, by the artists of Britain, illustrative of the British poets, and the Bible, London, 1792, pp 46–47, no 57.

Catalogue of modern paintings, drawings... which will be sold by auction... by order of the executors of Mr Thomas Macklin deceased, London, 27 May 1801-30 May 1801, p 24, no 17.

Catalogue of a most valuable and truly capital collection of modern paintings, prints, plates and drawings, the property of Mr Macklin, London, 05 May 1800, p 6, no 59.

Catalogue of a loan collection of oil paintings by British artists born before 1801, Liverpool, 1881, p 28, no 284.

Catalogue of old pictures..., London, 02 Mar 1934, p 17, no 115.

Important English pictures, London, 18 Nov 1966, p 8, no 28.

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1970, Sydney, 1970, p 7315 (26 June), p 7323 (24 July), p 7324 (24 July), p 7329 (28 Sep).

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 7404 (26 Mar).