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William Blake, 1757–1827

The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 51, "The Progress of Poesy."

Additional Title(s):

Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 52, "The Bard."

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Poems of Thomas Gray

between 1797 and 1798
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"; 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
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | boy | children | literary theme | lyre | men | meteorology | rainbow | religious and mythological subject | science | text | women
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IIIF Manifest:

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]

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

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