William Blake The Lord Answering Job out of the Whirlwind 1825, reprinted 1874

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
The Lord Answering Job out of the Whirlwind
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 198 x 151 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919
Reference
A00024
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This is an illustration of the opening words of chapter 38 of the Book of Job. Blake quotes them in the main title of the print. The Lord appears and asks Job a series of questions, opening with 'Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?' The clockwise action of the Lord's appearance in the whirlwind permeates the whole of Blake's image. The trees in the bottom margin are bent low by the force of the wind, but, like Job in his adversity, they remain unbroken.

August 2004

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