William Blake
The Hiding of Moses 1824

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William Blake 1757–1827
The Hiding of Moses
Date 1824
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 68 x 98 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1992
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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.

September 2004

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