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Blake produced one hundred and two watercolours illustrating Dante's poem The Divine Comedy. He drew and painted them in a large volume, but they are now separately mounted. They show varying stages of completion. This work is unfinished; the pencil lines of his first sketch remain clearly visible.

Blake added grey shadows in carbon black pigment on top of the colours he had used first. He strengthened some of the drawing with pen and ink over the colour. Both the blue pigment and the mixed green shades contain indigo. This lowers the contrast between them.

September 2004