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Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British
after John Flaxman, 1755–1826, British
Text by William Hayley, 1745–1820, British
Published by Joseph Johnson, 1738–1809, British

A Sketch of the Monument Erected in the Church of East Dereham in Norfolk in Memory of William Cowper Esq.

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper

Etching and line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Binding: 11 1/2 inches (29.2 cm), Sheet: 11 3/8 × 9 inches (28.9 × 22.9 cm), and Image: 5 1/4 × 6 inches (13.3 × 15.2 cm)

Lettered inside image, center: "In Memory | of William Cowper Esq. | Born in Hertfordshire 1731 | Burried in this church 1800 | Ye, who with warmth the public triumph feel | of talents, dignified by sacred zeal | Here, to devotion's bard devoutly just | Pay your fond tribute due to Cowper's dust! | England exulting in his spotless fame, | ranks with her dearest sons his fav'rite name: | Sense, fancy, wit suffice not all to raise | so clear a title to affections praise; | His highest honours to the heart belong; | his virtues form'd the magic of his song."; lettered below image, lower center: "A Sketch of the Monument | Erected in the Church of East Dereham in Norfolk | In Memory of William Cowper Esq. | Etch'd by W. Blake from the original Model | by John Flaxman Esq. Sculptor to his Majesty | Publish'd by J. Johnson St Paul 25 March 1804"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
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