Robert Blake The Preaching of Warning. Verso: An Old Man Enthroned Between Two Groups of Figures, by ?William Blake ?c.1785

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Blake 1762–1787
Title
The Preaching of Warning. Verso: An Old Man Enthroned Between Two Groups of Figures, by ?William Blake
Date ?c.1785
Medium Graphite on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 343 x 467 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Reference
A00003
Not on display

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Blake’s first biographer, Alexander Gilchrist, attributed this drawing to William Blake. However, in 1926 the Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes suggested it was by William’s youngest brother, Robert.

Nevertheless, the subject matter of this drawing suggests that William’s idea of prophecy being central to the artist’s role was sufficiently passionate to inspire his brother.

July 2008

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