William Blake Plate 4 of ‘Visions of the Daughters of Albion’ c.1795

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Plate 4 of ‘Visions of the Daughters of Albion’
Date c.1795
Medium Relief etching, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 75 x 115 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 the Art Fund 1919
Reference
N03374
On display at Tate Britain

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The design shown here occupies the top part of a page in Visions of the Daughters of Albion. It illustrates lines from an earlier page: 'Why does my Theotormon sit weeping upon the threshhold: / And Oothoon hovers by his side, perswading him in vain:'. In the frontispiece, shown above, the female Oothoon can also be seen, with her lover Theotormon crouched in despair. In the book the daughters of Albion - the women of England - are described as 'enslav'd' and weeping. This sentiment can be associated with Mary Wollstonecraft's book A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792.

October 2001

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