William Blake
Title-Page of ‘The Book of Job’ 1825, reprinted 1874

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William Blake 1757–1827
Title-Page of ‘The Book of Job’
Date 1825, reprinted 1874
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 191 x 147 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
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In the early 1800s Blake painted for his patron Thomas Butts a series of watercolours illustrating 'The Book of Job'. In 1821 the artist John Linnell commissioned a second set, and then in 1823 drew up a formal agreement with Blake for a series of engravings. Altogether twenty-one subjects were engraved by Blake, together with this title-page. The title is given in ornate lettering, and is repeated on the upper line in Hebrew. The publication line states that the prints were issued on 8 March 1825, but in fact they do not seem to have been ready until early 1826.

August 2004

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