William Blake ‘Songs of Innocence’: Title-Page 1789, reprinted 1831 or later

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
‘Songs of Innocence’: Title-Page
Date 1789, reprinted 1831 or later
Medium Relief etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 120 x 64 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Reference
A00039
On display at Tate Britain

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This is the title-page from Blake’s illuminated book of poems, Songs of Innocence, which he first printed and published in 1789. Blake 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 his view of the intimate relationship between image and text, each being a comment on the other.

August 2004

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