William BlakeFrontispiece: Thenot and Colinet 1821/c.1830

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Artist
William Blake (1757‑1827)
Title
Frontispiece: Thenot and Colinet
Date 1821/c.1830
MediumWood engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 62 x 84 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Herbert Linnell 1924
Reference
A00111
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Samuel Palmer was the most important of Blake’s followers, known as the Ancients. Palmer first met Blake in 1824. He described these illustrations to an imitation of the First Eclogue by the Roman poet Virgil as ‘visions of little dells, and nooks, and corners of Paradise’. Palmer’s art  was particularly influenced by them.

These prints appealed to the Ancients because they were the result of Blake’s experiments with a new medium; he had never engraved on wood before. Even at the age of sixty-four he wanted to make further explorations in his art.

August 2004

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