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"Why seek ye the living among the dead?" St Luke 24 v5



Roddam Spencer Stanhope


20 Jan 1829 - 02 Aug 1908




Media category


Materials used

oil, gesso, goldleaf, wax medium, on canvas


129.8 x 168.8 cm stretcher; 160.4 x 200.5 x 11.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Arthur Moon KC in memory of his mother, Emma, born in Sydney in 1860, the daughter of John de Villers Lamb 1950

Accession number


Artist information

Roddam Spencer Stanhope

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


William Imrie, pre Jul 1901, Holmstead/Mossley Hill/Liverpool/England, see the iterior of the music room, with the Stanhope painting hanging on the wall, photographed in July 1901 by H Bedford Lemere. Sold Christie's London, 28 June 1907, lot 137. Bought by Gooden & Fox for £304.10.0 [In 'The Year’s Art', 1908, p 345, price 290 gns, last bidder Gooden & Fox]

Gooden & Fox, post 28 Jun 1907, London/England, [dealer] bought at Christie's London, 28 June 1907 lot 137, as 'Resurrection morning' [see 'Years Art' 1908, p 345]. Probably sold to Sir Ernest Moon soon after.

Sir Ernst Moon, post 28 Jun 1907-31 May 1930, Braziers Park/Ipsden/Oxfordshire/England, probably purchased from Gooden & Fox soon after the auction, 28 June 1907.

Lady Emma Moon, 31 May 1930-16 Dec 1947, Braziers Park/Ipsden/Oxfordshire/England, by inheritance after her husband Sir Ernst Moon's death in 1930.

Arthur Moon, KC, 16 Dec 1947-26 May 1950, England, by inheritance after his mother Lady Emma Moon's death in 1947. Given by him in memory of his mother 26 May 1950.

Referenced in 23 publications


Richard Beresford, Pre-Raphaelites and Olympians. Selected works of Victorian art from the John and Julie Schaeffer and the Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 2001, p 26, col illus p 26.

John Denison Champlin Jr (Editor), Cyclopedia of painters and paintings, vol 4, New York, 1887, p 217. Dated 1886.

Francesco Fiumara, A painter hidden: John Roddam Spencer Stanhope: his life, his work, his friends: the British period, 1829-1880, Universita' di Messina, 1993, p 363.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', Sydney, 1988, pp 36–56: p 44.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 185, illus p 185.

Carol Jacobi and Lucina Ward (Editors), Love & desire. Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces from the Tate, Canberra, 2018, p 125, no 41, col illus pp 124, 218 (detail).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 163, no 2064.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1950, Sydney, 1951, p 8, no 32.

Isobel Parker Philip, Art Stuff, AGNSW website, 'A social network: connetions to Julia Margaret Cameron', Sydney, 13 Aug 2015, col illus.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'A time for renewal', Melbourne, Nov 2001, pp 4–5: col illus p 4.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 4, no 1, 'Some Pre-Raphaelite paintings', Sydney, Oct 1962, pp 119–25: p 124, illus on cover.

Angus Trumble (Curator), Love and Death: art in the age of Queen Victoria, Adelaide, 2001-2002, col illus p 37.

Catalogue of the collection of important moden pictures of William Imrie, esq..., London, 28 Jun 1907, p 25, no 137. As 'Resurrection morning'.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2002, Sydney, 2002, p 69. Loan.

Nottinghamshire Guardian, no 2176, ‘Nottingham Castle Art Museum’, Nottingham, 04 Feb 1887, p 3.

Liverpool Mercury etc, no 12125, ‘Walker Art Gallery’, Liverpool, 18 Nov 1886, p 5.

Sixteenth autumn exhibition of pictures, in oils and water-colours, Liverpool, 1886, p 11, no 77. £250.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, no 9199, 'The Grosvenor Gallery – first notice', Manchester, 07 May 1886, p 8.

The Royal Cornwall Gazette, no 4319, 'The Grosvenor Gallery', England, 07 May 1886, p 6.

Fine Victorian pictures, drawings and watercolours, London, 03 Jun 1994, p 130. Under no 162.

Victorian & traditionalist pictures, London, 16 Jun 2005, p 114. Under no 105.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report for the year ended 30th June 1986, Sydney, 1986, p 21. Conservation treatment.

The Year's Art, London, 1908, p 345. As 'Resurrection morning'.