This work illustrates lines from the Book of Revelation. The River of Life flows from the throne of God to the Tree of Life.
It is also a rare example of how Blake presented his watercolours: he drew the washline border between ruled ink lines.
The yellow tone of the paper is the result of over-exposure to light. This caused some of the original blue paint (indigo perhaps) to fade; the fuzzy band of Prussian blue on the lower edge, and spots of the same colour in the river, were added later by someone trying to ‘correct’ this fading.
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