William Blake Job’s Despair 1825, reprinted 1874

Artwork details

Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Job’s Despair
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 199 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
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
Reference
A00019
On display at Tate Britain

Display caption

This is an illustration to chapter 3, verses 1-7, of the Book of Job where Job curses the day that he was born. The main title comes from the opening of verse 3. In the top margin are the words of verse 7. Beneath the title, Blake has inscribed the concluding verse of the Book of Job, chapter 2, which describes the actions of Job's three comforters.

August 1993

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