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Design for a relief 'The Fall of Man' and 'Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden', for the entrance porch of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, not executed; decoration in spandrels above arch, including at centre tree with serpent coiled around it, at left Eve taking the fruit and holding Adam's hand, at right the banishment from the garden of Eden
Verso: Woman and child; whole-length woman standing in profile to left, leaning forward slightly and clasping head of a small child who is standing before her
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Height: 185 millimetres
Width: 225 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 'The Pre-Raphaelites & the Oxford Museum' by Dr John Holmes on the website of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (2013) for information about their involvement in the decoration of this building through their champion, John Ruskin. Woolner's design was not carried out, presumably because it placed too strong an emphasis on the Bible and showed the pursuit of knowledge itself in a bad light. These ideas will be explored further in the forthcoming exhibition at the Museum (2015).
For further literature see: Frederick O'Dwyer, 'The Architecture of Deane and Woodward' (Cork University Press, 1997), although he incorrectly states that this drawing is in the Ashmolean.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1969, BM, 'Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769-1969', no.336
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