The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 93, "Ode for Music."
between 1797 and 1798
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: "1"; on verso in black ink upper left: "2"; in black ink center: "Ode for Music | 1. Fame | 2. A bird singing | 3. A Genius driving away 'Comus & his | midnight crew' | 4. Milton struck the corded Shell | Newtons self bends from his state sublime | 5. 'I wood the gleam of Cynthia silver bright | When willowy Camus lingers with delight' | 6. 'Great Edward with the lillies on his brow | To hail the festal morning come' | 7. 'Leaning from her golden cloud | The venerable Margaret' | 8. 'The Laureate wreathe' | 9. 'Nor fear the rocks nor seek the shore' | 10. Fame."
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
night | pyramid (geometric figure) | text | spires | vine | trumpet | literary theme | religious and mythological subject | wings | bird | branch | sky | comet | angel | Horn (Musical instrument) | stars | dome | woman
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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
Arnold Fawcus, Unknown Watercolours by William Blake, Illustrated London News, vol. 259, No. 6881, December 25, 1971, pp. 45-46, 49-51, Available online: Illus London News Hist. Archiv