William Blake
The Messengers tell Job of his Misfortunes 1825, reprinted 1874

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William Blake 1757–1827
The Messengers tell Job of his Misfortunes
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 200 x 152 mm
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
Not on display

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This is an illustration to chapter 1, verses 14-17, of the Book of Job. Blake uses as the main title the words which conclude verse 15. This is the end of the sentence which begins with verse 14 and which is inscribed in a curve across the top margin of the print. Verse 16 is inscribed in the bottom margin beneath the main title. Just above the main design is the winged figure of Satan strutting over the globe. He is flanked by the words of his reply to God when he was asked where he had been.

August 2004

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