William Blake
Sketch for ‘The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne’. Verso: Standing Figure with Arms at his Side c.1803, c.1805–10

Artwork details

Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Sketch for ‘The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne’. Verso: Standing Figure with Arms at his Side
Date c.1803, c.1805–10
Medium Graphite on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 488 x 389 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Reference
A00033
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This is a sketch for the finished watercolour. Despite the looseness of Blake’s pencil marks, he retains a symmetrical composition. This balance of sketchiness and symmetry is maintained in the finished piece. 

September 2004

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