William Blake

1757-1827

Thenot and Colinet or "Is it not Colinet I lonesome see......"


Thenot and Colinet or "Is it not Colinet I lonesome see......" by William Blake

 

Wood engraving1820-2162x85mm[sheet104x134mm]

Reference: Binyon 137; Bindman 602; Bentley 504

 

The first of seventeen illustrations by William Blake for The Pastorals of Virgil originally published by Dr. R.J. Thornton in 1821.
A fine trial proof prior to the edition of 150 printed from the original block by Iain Bain and David Chambers and published by the British Museum in 1977. Inscribed in the lower margin,Trial impression 7/76, [ie. July 1976].

The importance of Blake's engravings for Thornton is without question. They have had a profound influence on English art throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

£650