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William Blake, 1757–1827

The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 115, "Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard."

Additional Title(s):

Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 116, "To Mrs. Ann Flaxman"

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Poems of Thomas Gray

between 1797 and 1798
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor with pen and black ink and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper with inlaid letterpress page
Sheet: 16 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches (41.9 x 32.4 cm)

Inscribed in black ink upper right: "11"; on verso in black ink upper left: "12."; in gray ink center: "To M.rs Ann Flaxman | A little Flower grew in a lonely Vale | Its form was lovely. but its colours pale | One standing in Porches of the Sun | When his Meridian Glories were begun | Leapd from the steps of fire & on the grass | Alighted where this little flower was | With hands divine he movd the gentle Sod | And took the Flower up in its native Clod | Then planting it upon a Mountains brow | 'Tis your own fault if you dont flourish now | (underlined) William Blake"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | clouds | grass | hat | leaf | literary theme | man | religious and mythological subject | sarcophagus | sky | staff (walking stick) | text | tomb | tree | walking sticks | women
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IIIF Manifest:

William Blake - The Artist (Tate Britain, 2019-09-11 - 2020-02-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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 [ORBIS]

Arnold Fawcus, Unknown Watercolours by William Blake, Illustrated London News, vol. 259, No. 6881, December 25, 1971, pp. 45-46, 49-51, Illustrated London News Historical Archive [ORBIS]

William Blake, Tate Publishing, London, p. 111, p. 112, cat. 86 (recto), cat. 87 (verso), NJ18.B57 M97 2019 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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