The Annunciation

According to Saint Luke’s Gospel, the archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin that she will give birth to Jesus.

This depiction of the subject is signed and dated 1727, the year the artist was awarded a prize for history painting by Louis XV. It may have been commissioned by the then headmaster of Winchester College where it was installed in 1729.

Its painted arched top suggests an arched frame was originally intended.

Key facts

Artist dates
1688 - 1737
Full title
The Annunciation
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
208 x 127 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from Winchester College
Inventory number
Location in Gallery