William Blake 1757–1827
The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 354 x 293 mm
Acquisition Presented by the executors of W. Graham Robertson through the Art Fund 1949
This watercolour illustrates a passage from chapter four of the Revelation of St John the Divine. The prophet describes a vision of a heavenly throne:
before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal... round about... were four beasts full of eyes... The four and twenty elders fall down before him... and worship him that liveth for ever and ever.
The Book of Revelation is one of the most dramatic books of the Bible, and Blake was sensitive to its powerful imagery.
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