Raising of Jairus’s Daughter (1944-46)
Drawing, Pencil on paper, 579mm x 449mm
Volume 3 of the Astor Collection of drawings.
Spencer used this drawing for the central panel of his Port Glasgow Resurrection triptych, ‘The Resurrection with the Raising of Jairus’s Daughter’, 1947. Behind a homely geranium on the windowsill, Christ points to heaven and clasps the hand of the child He brought back to life, who now sits up on the bed. In the Bible the unbelievers were firmly ejected, whereas with typical tolerance Spencer allowed them to remain, though they turn away and are unaware of the miracle.
Lent by a private collector