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The white card mount for this drawing was made after Blake’s death; the embossed stamp (top left) reads ‘Turnbull’s Crayon Board’, which was not made before 1846. The mount was probably made for descendants of Blake’s patron Thomas Butts. The watercolour is ‘drum-mounted’, that is, glued along its edges to a ‘window’ cut in the board.

The smudges of gold and black paint on the mount suggest the drawing was later framed with verre églomisé: glass painted with black and gold lines on its inner face. This method, invented by the eighteenth-century French framer J-B Glomy, became popular in the mid-nineteenth century.

September 2004