William Blake
‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’: ‘Spring’ 1794, reprinted 1831 or later

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William Blake 1757–1827
‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’: ‘Spring’
Date 1794, reprinted 1831 or later
Medium Relief etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 115 x 79 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Not on display

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These are pages from Blake's illustrated book Songs of Innocence. The artist composed the verse and designed and printed the pages. He developed a technique for integrating both text and image onto a single etching plate for printing. This reflects the intimate relationship he saw between image and text, each being a comment upon the other. The influence of Blake's work as a writer and illustrator persisted, and he became an important model for modern artists such as Paul Nash.

August 2004

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