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  • Object:

    Electrotype block

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1863 (made)
    1794 (designed)
    1863 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electrotype block

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Geoffrey Keynes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case V, shelf 119

Physical description

1 of 16 electrotype blocks showing a page from Songs of Innocence and Experience featuring an illustrated poem 'London'. Beside a wall and wooden doorway, a child guides an elderly man with long white hair and beard, who is walking on crutches. Below is the text of the poem with a person warming themselves at a fire.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1863 (made)
1794 (designed)
1863 (published)


Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Electrotype block

Marks and inscriptions


[words to the poem]

No. 46
Hand-written on back


Height: 11.43 cm, Width: 7.62 cm, Depth: 2.4 cm

Descriptive line

Electrotyped printing block from a relief etching. William Blake. Plate to Gilchrist's Life of William Blake, London, 1863, reproducing Blake's original relief etchings for Songs of Innocence and of Experience, first published in 1794.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1955-1956 London: HMSO, 1963


Copper; Wood



Subjects depicted

Child; Crutches; Man; Fire


Printmaking techniques; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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