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William Blake, 1757–1827

The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 85, "The Descent of Odin."

Additional Title(s):

Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 86, "The Triumphs of Owen."

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: "9"; in graphite upper center: "x"; on verso in black ink upper left: "10"; in black ink center: "The Triumphs of Owen | 1. A Standard bearer fainting in the routed | battle | 2. A Festal board | 3. The Bard singing Owens praise | 4. 'Dauntless on his native sands | The Dragon son of Mona stands' | 5. Fear to stop & shame to fly' | 6. The liberal Man inviting the traveller | into his house"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | bridle | dragon | fire | flames | helmets | horse (animal) | knight (landholder) | literary theme | man | mythological figures | religious and mythological subject | serpent | snake | text | woman
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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]

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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