View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- John Varley 1778–1842
- Graphite on paper
- Purchased 1997
When this sketch was worked up into an illustration for Varley’s book, the bird-like head (seen at bottom right) was said to represent ‘Cochabiel’, whom Varley describes as a Gemini. Blake’s Flea was also referred to as a Gemini, and it seems that Varley may have developed Blake’s ‘man/animal’ figure by inventing a hybrid of his own. In the text, however, he does not explain the significance of the man’s bird-like qualities.
Gallery label, March 2011
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