William Blake
Job and his Daughters 1825, reprinted 1874

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William Blake 1757–1827
Job and his Daughters
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 199 x 151 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
On display at Tate Britain

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This is an illustration to chapter 42, verses 13-15 of the Book of Job. The main title comes from verse 15. The names of Job's daughters were Jemima, Kezia and Kerenhappuch. They are all seen against a background which depicts some of the trials Job has passed through. On the left is the destruction of his servants by the Chaldeans, described in Job, chapter 1, verse 17. On the right is the destruction of Job's ploughmen, described in chapter 1, verses 14-15. Behind Job's head God appears in the whirlwind. Blake treated this subject in his Job series and the print is shown nearby.

August 2004

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