Canterbury Pilgrims. 1810. Engraving and etching. Essick 16.v; Bindman 477, the fifth and final state printed in 1881 by Colnaghi but prior to the Sessler impressions. Plate 14 x 38inches ( 355 x 965mm), sheet 17 3/8 x 42 1/8 inches ( 355 x 965mm). Inscribed names of the pilgrims below the image: 'Reeve Chaucer Clerk of Oxenford Cook Miller Wife of Bath Merchant Parson Man of Law Plowman Physician. Franklin 2 Citizens Shipman The Host Sompnour Manciple Pardoner Monk Friar a Citizen Lady Abbess Nun 3 Priests Squired Yoman Knight Squire'. Title inscription, open letters: 'CHAUCER'S CANTERBURY PILGRIMS'. Signature and imprint: "Painted in Fresco by William Blake & by him Engraved & Published, October 8, 1810. We gon to Canterbury God mote you spede." Printed by Colnaghi, London, circa March 5, 1881 on India paper laid onto heavy wove paper. The etching has been recently cleaned and is in good condition. Housed in a 25 1/2 x 48 1/2-inch custom reproduction period frame. Price upon request.
The Wrath of Elihu. 'I Am Young, And Ye Are Very Old, Wherefore I Was Afraid'. 1823-25. Engraving. Binyon 117.ii, Bindman 632. Image 7 7/8 x 5 15/16; plate 8 5/8 x 6 5/8; sheet 17 3/4 x 12 3/4. Series: Illustrations of The Book of Job, #12. From the 1874 edition of 100 published by John Linnell, printed on laid India paper mounted on white wove paper (after the previous editions totaling 315). A superb, richly-inked impression printed on the full sheet. Signed and dated in the plate. $2,800.
Illustration no.12: Job, xxxii-xxxvii. Blake's main title quotes from the opening of Elihu's speech: 'I am Young & ye are very Old wherefore I was afraid [and durst not shew you mine opinion]' (Job, xxxii, 6). The other marginal inscriptions are also taken from his speech: 'For God speaketh once yea twice/& Man percieveth it not In a Dream in a Vision.''If there be with him an Interpreter One among a Thousand/then he is gracious unto him/& saith Deliver him from going down to the Pit/I have found a Ransom' (I, xxxiii, 14-16, 23-4); 'For his eyes are upon/the ways of Man & he observeth/all his goings' (Job, xxxiv, 21); 'Lo all these things worketh God oftentimes with Man to bring/back his Soul from the pit to be enlightened/with the light of the living' (Job, xxxiii, 29--0); 'Look upon the heavens & behold the clouds/which are higher/than thou/If thou sinnest what doest thou against him or if thou be/righteous what givest thou unto him' (Job, xxxv, 5-)).
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