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The Six-Footed Serpent attacking Agnolo Brunelleschi

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    1826-1827 (designed)
    1968 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Lessing J. Rosenwald

  • Museum number:

    E.4917-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 60

Physical description

Engraving and etching titled 'The Six-Footed Serpent attacking Agnolo Brunelleschi', from Blake's illustrations of Dante's 'Divina Comedia'. Signed in pencil and inscribed 'A restrike from the copperplate in my collection. Lessing J. Rosenwald August 1968.' and signed and dated by the printer 'hoehn imp.68'.

Date

1826-1827 (designed)
1968 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving

Marks and inscriptions

'A restrike from the copperplate in my collection. Lessing J. Rosenwald August 1968.'
Each signed by the donor in pencil and inscribed

'hoehn imp. 68.'
Each signed and dated by the printer

'18/25'
Numbered

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Object history note

These plates to the ‘Inferno’ are after seven of the 102 drawings illustrating Dante’s 'Divine Comedy', commissioned by John Linnell, on which Blake was working at the time of his death, and are nearly all unfinished. Their history is also discussed in 'Blake’s illustrations to the Divine Comedy' by A.S. Roe, Princeton, 1953, where they are reproduced.

Descriptive line

'The Six-Footed Serpent attacking Agnolo Brunelleschi'. From illustrations to Dante's 'Divina Comedia' by William Blake (1757-1827), dated 1826-27. This plate is one of a set of seven printed from the original etched and engraved copperplates in the donor's possession, as part of a new edition of 25, and is signed and dated by the printer 'hoehn imp. 68'.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1968. London: HMSO, 1969.

Techniques

Engraving (printing process); Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Serpents (animals)

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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