William Blake

The Fall of Rosamond (after Thomas Stothard)

1783

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Medium
Etching, engraving and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Image, circular: 306 x 306 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06671

Display caption

This is a 'furnishing print', intended
as a wall decoration. Such prints found
a ready and growing market among
the prospering middle classes of Blake's day. They also provided prestgious and lucrative commissions for commercial engravers such as Blake. In 1784, with
this sort of opportunity in mind, Blake set
up a short-lived printselling and publishing business with James Parker.

 

Rosamond is printed in three colours.
As can be seen in the colour prints
to the right, Blake developed his own method of colour-printing which may
have taken some inspiration from standard commercial methods of colour-printing.

Gallery label, August 2004