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.