William Blake
Job and his Family Restored to Prosperity 1825, reprinted 1874

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William Blake 1757–1827
Job and his Family Restored to Prosperity
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 196 x 149 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 Art Fund 1919
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This is an illustration to chapter 42, verses 12-13 of the Book of Job. The main title comes from the opening of verse 12. The moral of the whole series of Blake's illustrations is set out in the inscription on the altar in the bottom margin. This is an adaptation of words from verse 6, chapter 11, of St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews. The composition is a counterpart to the first of Blake's Job engravings which is also shown here. In that illustration the musical instruments hang unused in a tree. Here they are being played in praise of God. In the first print the sun is setting, whereas here it is rising, a powerful symbol of redemption.

August 2004

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