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William Blake, 1757–1827, British

The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 65, "The Bard."

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Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 66, "The Fatal Sisters."

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: "13"; in graphite center: "x"; on verso in black ink upper center: "The Fatal Sisters | 1. The Three Fatal Sisters | 2. A Muse | 3. Sigtryg with the Silken beard | 'Persons of Horseback riding full speed toward | a hill & seeming to Enter into it' | 5. Iron sleet of arrowy shower | Hurtles in the darkend air' | 6. 'Shafts for shuttle dipd in gore | Shoot the trembling cords along' | 7. 'We the reins to Slaughter give' | 8. The Fatal Sisters riding thro the Battle. they | are called in Some Northern poems | 'Choosers of the Slain' | 9 'Hurry Hurry to the field' | 10. A Battle."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
branches | cliff | clouds | goats | grass | harp | literary theme | man | men | mountains | ocean | religious and mythological subject | sheep | shepherd | sitting | sky | text | trees | water
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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

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

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

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, pp. 14, 21, V2519 (YCBA)

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