William BlakeDetailed Drawings for 'A Figure Standing in a Gothic Apse' 1819

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William Blake (1757‑1827)
Detailed Drawings for 'A Figure Standing in a Gothic Apse'
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 155 x 205 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T01335 [from] Drawings from the Small Blake-Varley Sketchbook c.1819 [T01334-T01335; complete]

The Tate Gallery owns three pages from the smaller Blake-Varley Sketchbook, first used by John Varley for landscape sketches and then by Blake for recording the visions he saw at Varley's house in 1819, the date inscribed on a number of the pages from the Sketchbook including T01334. The Sketchbook seems originally to have contained sixty-six leaves, sixteen of which are now lost. After a number of pages, including N05184, had been removed, the Sketchbook probably passed to Varley's friend the musician William Christian Selle, whose daughter married H. Buxton Forman, who definitely gave it to William Bell Scott in 1870. It remained at Penkhill Castle, the home of Scott's friend Miss Alice Boyd, until it was rediscovered there in 1967 by Mr M.D.E. Clayton-Stamm… (read more)

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