William Blake


Adam naming the beasts or Adam surrounded by the animals

Adam naming the beasts or Adam surrounded by the animals by William Blake


Engraving1802172x161mm[sheet 253x209mm]

Reference: Russell 19 (i); Binyon 83; Bindman 385.


Keynes, Geoffrey. A Bibliography of William Blake. New York, The Grolier Club, 1921, No. 72.
Bentley, G.E. Blake Records, Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1969, pp. 92-99
Easson, Roger E. and Essick, Robert N. William Blake Book Illustrator, Illinois State University, 1972, No VI.
Bentley, G.E. Blake Books, Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1977, No. 466.
Essick, Robert N. William Blake Printmaker, Princeton University Press, 1980, pp. 169-172.
Bindman, David. William Blake. His Art and Times, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1982, No. 85.

Frontispiece to the Preface of Designs to a Series of Ballads by William Hayley, published Chichester, 1802. Typically fairly lightly printed by Blake and/or his wife on wove paper without watermark at their cottage at Felpham in Sussex. Extremely scarce - publication was abandoned by April 1803 due to lack of sales with only four of the intended fifteen numbers having been completed. Blake engraved six plates for the ballads and eight vignettes, all but two from his own designs. As early as 1921 Keynes described the series as extremely rare. Bentley [1977] records the existence of only five sets of all four ballads in public or university collections.

If necessary additional full-sheet photographs and a detailed conservator's report will be supplied on request.

Douglas Cleverdon (1903-87) and by descent. Possibly acquired from Harold Wright (1885-1961), specialist print dealer at P.& D. Colnaghi & Co, London. His pencilled annotations appear on the lower margin of the print.


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