This is one of twenty-one prints illustrating the Old Testament Book of Job, which Blake published in 1826. They were commissioned by Blake’s young admirer, John Linnell. Blake saw Job's trials and eventual spiritual rebirth as parallels to the creative struggles of the artist. Above the image is a quotation stressing Job's submission to his trials. The borders of the prints, which include extra images and text, complement the main engravings.
Blake went on to produce a tempera painting of this scene, in which he slightly changed the composition.
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