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Blake''s invention of a method of printing in relief from etched plates, first used in 1788, gave him control over the style, production and publishing of his own books. By 1794 he had begun applying coloured pigments to his printing plates and then, as a further development, printing some of the designs in his books as separate coloured images. Visions of the Daughters of Albion was an illuminated book with eight designs which Blake first advertised in 1793. This frontispiece is not part of any copy of the book but was separately printed in colours.

August 2004