William Blake
God Judging Adam 1795

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William Blake 1757–1827
God Judging Adam
Date 1795
Medium Relief etching, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 432 x 535 mm
Acquisition Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939
On display at Tate Britain

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This is a hand-finished relief etching, printed on paper from a copper plate. The broken texture visible along the light grey outline of God's right arm was produced as the printing plate was lifted off the paper.

Blake's figure of God resembles Urizen, a tyrannical law-maker in Blake's own mythology. God holds his sceptre in his right hand here but, because images are reversed during printing, Blake would have had to show it in God's left hand on the copper printing plate.

September 2004

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