Display caption

In 1772 Blake was apprenticed for seven years to James Basire (1730-1802), a successful copper plate engraver, before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1779 to study as an engraver.
Blake's training under Basire meant that he was able to make a living engraving other artists' work for book illustrations and for separate prints. Importantly, it also provided him with skills which enabled him to develop as a highly original printmaker.
The print after Hogarth was commissioned and published by the greatest printseller of the day, John Boydell. It first appeared in 1788 but this is a later impression. In Boydell's 'Catalogue of Plates', also displayed here, Blake's print is listed on page 21, as no.104.

August 2004