William Blake
Every Man also Gave him a Piece of Money 1825, reprinted 1874

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William Blake 1757–1827
Every Man also Gave him a Piece of Money
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 197 x 150 mm
Acquisition Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919
Not on display

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Blake was commissioned by John Linnell to produce a series of engravings illustrating the Old Testament Book of Job. Job is tested and stripped of his material prosperity, but eventually achieves redemption through this suffering. He realises the true way of worshipping God is not through Hebraic moral law but through belief in Christ the Saviour. Inscriptions like ‘The Letter Killeth, the Spirit giveth Life’ underline this message.  

This print shows Job, after his trials, conquering his pride and sacrificing to God. Job’s redemptive humility enables him to accept the sympathy and gifts offered by family and friends.

August 2004

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