William Blake

The Hiding of Moses

1824

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 68 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06585

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This engraving was commissioned from Blake by Dr Thornton, who had also published his designs for an edition of Virgil’s ‘Pastorals’. The print first appeared in a small Christmas annual, or ‘Keepsake’ called Remember Me! which was published in late 1824.

Blake had originally treated this subject in a larger tempera painting which is now lost. Although The Hiding of Moses was a minor commission, Blake gave the print a beauty and intensity which is unique among his purely commercial engravings.

Gallery label, September 2004

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