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William Blake

Henry Matthew Brock (1875-1960)


Inscribed with title below mount

Watercolour with pencil, crayon and ink

7 x 5 ½ inches

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1780-1993', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, no 102;
'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 53

William Blake (1757-1827) was a Romantic artist, print-maker, poet and visionary. His illuminated poems Songs of Innocence and Experience were published in 1794.

This illustration was probably drawn for Seeley's
Elzevir series. Seeley and Co, founded in 1744, was one of Britain's oldest and longest standing publishing firms. Amongst its many publications were reprintings of works published in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Dutch publishers, Elzevir.

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