- Etching on thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
- Sheet: 20 1/16 x 15 1/4 inches (51 x 38.8 cm) and Plate (to image): 13 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches (35 x 26 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "12 / 40"; lower center: "'Blake Said'"
Lettered in black ink, upper left: ""Expect poison from the standing water...""; lower center: ""The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of six thousand years is true ['true' underlined], as I have heard from Hell. | For the cherub with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to leave his guard at the tree of life; and when he does, the whole creation | will be consumed and appear infinite and holy, where as it now appears finite and corrupt. | This will come to pass by an improvement of sensual enjoyment. | But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged, this I shall do by printing in the infernal method, | by corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and medicinal, melting apparent surfaces away, | and displaying the infinite which was hid. | If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear as it is, infinite. | For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks in his cavern." | William Blake: plate 14: the Marriage of Heaven and Hell"; lower left: "needle: CK '77"
Signed in graphite, lower right: "K Campbell"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- © The Artist
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- bird | eyes | figure study | grid (layout feature) | head | man | needle | still life | string (fiber product) | thread
- Associated People:
- Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet
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