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William Blake, 1757–1827

The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 7, "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat."

Additional Title(s):

Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 8, "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat."

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 gray ink upper right: "1"; on verso in black ink upper left: "2"; in gray ink center: "Ode on the Death of | a Favourite Cat | Design. | 1. 'Midst the tide | Two Angel forms were seen to glide' | 2. 'Demurest of the Tabby Kind.' | 3 'The pensive Selima | Her Ears of Jet & Emrald Eyes | She saw & purr'd applause' | 4. 'Still had she gazd but midst the tide | Two angel forms were seen to glide | The hapless nymph with wonder saw | A Whisker first & then a Claw &c ' | 5. Malignant Fate sat by & smild | The slippery verge her feet beguild | She tumbled headlong in' | 6. 'Nine times emerging from the flood | 'She mew'd to every watry God' "

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
cat (domestic cat) | corset | fish | literary theme | religious and mythological subject | scales | text | water
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IIIF Manifest:

William Blake (Tate Britain, 2000-11-02 - 2001-02-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Human Form Divine - William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-04-02 - 1997-07-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Colin Cross, Blake revealed, William Blake : Discovery of a Masterwork , Observer, vol. 12, November 21, 1971, pp. 19-23, 25, V 1245 Detached from Observer colour magazine [ORBIS]

Andrew Loukes, William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion, Petworth House, London, p. 13, fig. 4, NJ18.B57 A12 2018 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

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]

Arnold Fawcus, William Blake's Watercolour Designs Illustrating Gray's Poems - and Mr. Paul Mellon, Connoisseur, vol. 179,no. 719, January 1972, pp. 11, 12, unnum color pl, N1 C75 + (YCBA) Another copy inckuded in Vertical File Collection : V 2335 [YCBA]

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