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Creator William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 51, "The Progress of Poesy."
Alternate Title(s) Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 52, "The Bard."
The Poems of Thomas Gray
Date between 1797 and 1798
Medium Watercolor with pen and black ink and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper with inlaid letterpress page
Dimensions Sheet: 16 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches (41.9 x 32.4 cm)
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Inscribed in black ink upper right: "11"; in graphite center: "x"; on verso in black ink center: "The Bard. | 1. A Welch Bard. | 2. The Slaughtered Bards, taken from the line | 'The famished Eagle screams & passes by' Page 98. | 3. The Bard weaving Edwards fate | 4. Edward & his Queen and Nobles astonished at the | Bards Song | 5. 'Hark how each Giant Oak & Desart Cave | Sigh to the Torrents awful voice beneath.' | 6. 'On yonder Cliff. 'I see them Sit' | 7. 'Oer thy country hangs 'The scourge of heaven' | 8. The Whirlwind. 'Hushd in grim repose' | 9. 'Fell thirst & Famine scowl | a baleful smile upon their baffled guest.' | 10. The Death of Edwards Queen Eleanor from this line | 'Half of thy heart we consecrate' | 11. Elizabeth. 'Girt with many a Baron bold' | 12. Spenser Creating his Fairies. | 13. 'Headlong from the Mountains height | Deep in the roaring tide he plunged to endless night' | 14. A poor Goatherd in Wales."
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1992.8.11(26)
Collection Prints and Drawings
Link to This Record http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/1667912
Subject Terms angels | boy | children | literary theme | lyre | men | meteorology | rainbow | religious and mythological subject | science | text | women
Publications

Arnold Fawcus, Unknown Watercolours by William Blake, Illustrated London News, vol. 259, No. 6881, December 25, 1971, pp. 45-46, 49-51, Available online: Illus London News Hist. Archiv


Colin Cross, Blake revealed, William Blake : Discovery of a Masterwork, Observer, vol. 12, November 21, 1971, pp. 19-23, , V 1245 , Detached from Observer colour magazine


John Russell, Blake the Craftsman, Art, Sunday Times, Issue no. 7749, December 12, 1971, p. 27, Available online : Sunday Times Digital Archive

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