A00042 Two Figures in a Decorative Border c.1790
A 00042 / B 220
Pencil approx. 95 × 160 (3 3/4 × 6 1/4) on paper 122 × 203 (4 13/16 × 8)
Inscribed by Frederick Tatham ‘William Blake Frederick Tatham’ b.r.
Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
PROVENANCE Mrs Blake; Frederick Tatham; his brother-in-law George Richmond, sold Christic's 29 April 1897 (in 147, with 22 other works; see no.2) £2.10.0 bt Dr Richard Sisely; his daughter, Mrs John Richmond
LITERATURE Butlin 1981, p.115 no.220, pl.251
The subject is difficult to make out but appears to be a girl, or perhaps a female centaur, looking down at another more sketchily drawn figure reclining in the lower left-hand corner of the scroll-like border. Although the drawing has been attributed to Robert Blake (see p.00) it seems to be a work by William, of, very roughly, about 1790. It is perhaps connected with one of the early illuminated books or a decorative illustration…