William Blake (1757-1827)
Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour.
This illustrates Job 42:8 and is related to plate 20 in Blake's 'Illustrations of the Book of Job'
Job is an Old Testament prophet whom Blake portrayed several times.
Notes from: The William Blake Archive
William Blake as born in London on 28 November 1757 and was christened on 11 December in St. James's Church.
Blake's artistic ability became evident while he was still a child. At age ten he was enrolled in Henry Pars's drawing school, where he learned to sketch the human figure by copying from plaster casts of ancient statues. His father encouraged his interest and even bought him some casts of his own.
The influence of his early exposure to Greek and Roman sculpture can be seen in Blake's later work. The Farnese Hercules, for example, is the model for the figure of Giant Despair in Christian and Hopeful Escape from Doubting Castle, one of Blake's illustrations to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (1824-27).
Article By: Dave Roberts.
First Published: 2007.
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