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Creator:
William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title:

Copy of the Laocoön, for Rees's Cyclopædia

Date:
1815
Medium:
Graphite on medium, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 5/8 x 9 inches (32.1 x 22.9 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite lower center: "This drawing was made by W. Blake in the Royal | Academy Somerset House for a small plate he made of the | Laocoon for the Article in the Encyclopedia. The article itself was | on sculpture being written by Flaxman. When W. B was drawing | this his old friend Fuseli came in & said ' Why Mr. Blake you a student you | ought to teach us' in my possession from Mrs Blake F. Tatham"; inscribed on back in graphite upper right: "2 | 210"; in graphite upper right: "230.17"; in graphite lower right: "[...]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1985.14
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
beard | boys | Classical | father | Grand Tour | Greek | hero | Laocoon and his twin sons are strangled by two serpents during the preparations for a sacrifice | legend | men | religious and mythological subject | sculpture | snakes | sons | strangling | twins
Associated People:
Laocoön
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:7237
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