William Blake David Delivered out of Many Waters c.1805

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
David Delivered out of Many Waters
Date c.1805
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 415 x 348 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by George Thomas Saul 1878
Reference
N02230
On display at Tate Britain

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This work shows how Blake responded visually to textual sources. It is an illustration to Psalm 18, in which David (at the bottom of the image with his arms stretched wide) calls out to God for salvation from his enemies. Christ appears above, riding upon seven cherubim (angels), not one as in the text. Blake’s gentle, linear style, formal composition and free interpretation of a written source made him attractive to many modern artists. Paul Nash saw Blake as representing a British imaginative tradition.

August 2004

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