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Creator:
William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Published by Robert John Thornton, 1768–1837, British
Title:

Epicurus

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Pastorals of Virgil

Date:
1821
Medium:
Etching and line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Spine: 7 1/8 inches (18.1 cm), Sheet: 6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches (16.8 x 10.5 cm), and Image: 4 x 2 3/4 inches (10.2 x 7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered lower center: "E(P)IKOYROZ"; lower right: "Blake, del. et Sculp."; lower center: "Epicurus. | A Grecian Philosopher, Flourished 264 years before | Christ, His philosophy was transfused into Latin, | by the great Roman Poet Lucretius, who | flourished 105 years before Christ, and wrote | his "De Rerum Natura" on the Nature of | Things. | He placed the summum bonum on | Tranquillity of Mind, arising from Virtue, and | the Contemplation of Nature. | He is said to have been born 342 B.C. Died 270 B.C. ae: 72. | London, Published by Dr.Thornton, 1821."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1978.43.1721(4)
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
beard | bust | portrait
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:63810
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