Attributed to John Linnell
The Man Who Taught Blake Painting in his Dreams (after William Blake) c.1825

Artwork details

Artist
Attributed to John Linnell 1792–1882
Title
The Man Who Taught Blake Painting in his Dreams (after William Blake)
Date c.1825
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 260 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940
Reference
N05186
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This is a replica of one of Blake's drawings of figures that appeared to him in visions.
It has also been proposed that Blake's image might be a 'visionary self-portrait', showing the artist himself at the moment of the inspiration. The strange form
on the forehead may represent flames
of inspiration. This idea of inspiration, particularly divine inspiration, is central
to the Romantic imagination that Herbert Read saw as the ancestor of Surrealism.
It also anticipates the Surrealists' interest
in dream imagery.

September 2004

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