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Blake, William (English, 1757-1827)


This book of 21 illustrations without text was completed a year before Blake's death.  Throughout his own life of struggle, Blake often drew inspiration from the patient forebearance and ultimate redemption of the biblical Job.  His illustrations are highly personal.  Blake drew the designs, added significant Scripture from both the Old and New Testament, engraved every plate and published the whole.  Its idiosyncracies generated little public enthusiasm and only later was it heralded as one of the most creative works of engraving since the Renaissance.

ex collection Professor Frank Jewett Mather

Object Information

artist
Blake, William (English, 1757-1827)
creation date
1825
materials
engraving on India paper chine collé
dimensions
17 x 13 1/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
watermark: J WHATMAN / TURKEY MILL / 1825
accession number
2002.142A
credit line
Beeler Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors