William Blake A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall) c.1819–20?

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall)
Date c.1819–20?
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Image: 244 x 211 mm
frame: 530 x 455 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Edwin C. Cohen and Echoing Green 1989
Reference
T05716
Not on display

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Blake called himself a visionary, claiming he actually perceived things that are not of this world. This is the extreme end of the imagination and not far removed from the Surrealists’ fascination with dreams which, according to Freud, offered access to the unconscious. The title of this work was suggested by a Blake expert named W Graham Robertson:'A Vision'. Probably representing the Poet, in the innermost shrine of the imagination, writing from angelic diction. This reflects Blake’s belief that his work was dictated by angels.

August 2004

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