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Blake published a set of engraved illustrations to the Book of Job in 1826. For this he drew new versions of his earlier watercolours, and added border designs.

This unfinished watercolour, however, is a design which Blake chose not to use, as is shown by comparison with the finished print. Job and his wife, seated in the centre, receive gifts from sympathetic family and friends, as in the print. However, here God the Father appears above them, and Blake has not yet addressed the border designs.

August 2004