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Albion rose...

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1894,0612.27

  • Title (object)

    • Albion rose...
  • Description

    Known as "Glad Day" or "The Dance of Albion"; a nude male figure standing with arms opened outwards, his right leg extended slightly to the side; around his head clouds and rays of light; a bat flying below his right leg; below, the suggestions of a landscape, with a worm, vegetation and rain; within design, lettered "WB inv. 1780". c.1804 Engraving, etching and drypoint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1804
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 255 millimetres (trimmed to just outside image)
    • Width: 190 millimetres (trimmed to just outside image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with production detail, "WB inv. 1780"; inscription below image trimmed (usually reads "Albion rose from where he labourd at the Mill with Slaves / Giving himself for the Nations he danc'd the dance of Eternal Death")
  • Curator's comments

    This impression is the second state of the plate, carrying the engraved date 1780. This was probably the date Blake made the first drawing for this print, but not of the first state of the plate, which was probably made around 1793. This second state is from around 1804 or later. For the British Museum's impression of the first state see 1856.0209,417.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bindman 1978 400 bibliographic details
    • Essick 1983 VII(2C) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine, Britain and French Revolution
    1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
    1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus Rev/Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
    2000 Apr-Jun, Helsinki City Art Gallery, 'William Blake' 2000 Sep-Nov, Prague Castle, 'William Blake'
    2007 Apr-May, Hull, Ferens AG (Sth Bank Tour), Blake
    2007/8 Nov-Jan, Glasgow, Burrell Coll (Sth Bank Tour), Blake
    2008 Jan-Apr, Manchester, Whitworth AG (Sth Bank Tour), Blake

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1894

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1894,0612.27

Known as "Glad Day" or "The Dance of Albion"; a nude male figure standing with arms opened outwards, his r leg extended slightly to the side; around his head clouds and rays of light; a bat flying below his r leg; below, the suggestions of a landscape, with a worm, vegetation and rain; within design, lettered "WB inv. 1780".  c.1804  Engraving, etching and drypoint

Known as "Glad Day" or "The Dance of Albion"; a nude male figure standing with arms opened outwards, his r leg extended slightly to the side; around his head clouds and rays of light; a bat flying below his r leg; below, the suggestions of a landscape, with a worm, vegetation and rain; within design, lettered "WB inv. 1780". c.1804 Engraving, etching and drypoint

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