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Creator Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title Jerusalem, Plate 35, "Then the Divine hand...."
Alternate Title(s) Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion, Bentley Copy E
Plate 35: "Then the Divine Hand Found the Two Limits, Satan and Adam"
Date 1804 to 1820
Medium Relief etching printed in orange with pen and black ink and watercolor on moderately thick, smooth, cream wove paper
Dimensions Sheet: 13 1/2 x 10 3/8 inches (34.3 x 26.4 cm) Plate: 8 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches (22.5 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1992.8.1(35)
Collection Prints and Drawings
Curatorial Comment In April 1827, a few months before his death, Blake wrote to his friend George Cumberland: “The last work I produced is a Poem entitled Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant Albion. . . . One I have finished. It contains 100 plates but it is not likely that I shall get a Customer for it.” “Jerusalem” was the culmination of Blake’s series of great prophetic books, and he had been at work on it from 1804 on, the date on the title page. Of the five known complete copies of the book, four are printed in black ink and uncolored; the copy to which Blake refers as “finished” is the Mellon copy, printed in red-orange ink and lavishly hand-colored in watercolor with touches of gold paint. At Blake's death, this deluxe copy passed to his widow, Catherine, from whom it was obtained by Frederick Tatham, who, in a twenty-four-page biographical sketch of Blake in manuscript that he attached to the copy, described it as containing “some of the most noble conceptions possible to the mind of man”. The poem, divided into four chapters, tells of the fall of man, represented by Albion, and his ultimate redemption. In this plate depicting the birth of Eve, the figure of the Creator and Savior (bearing the stigmata) hovers above.
     -- Scott Wilcox, 2007-01
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People Represented or Subject • Satan
Subject Terms divine | fire | flames | hand | Jerusalem | literary theme | men | nudes | religious and mythological subject | text | women

John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, pp. 276-77, no. 75, pl. 75, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Denise Gigante, Life, organic form and Romanticism, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009, between p. 114 and 115, p. 122, Pl. III. 6, PR575.L54 G54 2009 (YCBA)

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