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The Large Colour Prints / Pity

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1874,1212.380

  • Title (object)

    • Pity

    Title (series)

    • The Large Colour Prints
  • Description

    Unfinished trial print for "Pity"; a gowned female figure lying supine on the ground, partially covered by vegetation; above, a white horse flying through the sky; a female figure riding the horse, reaching down; her arms circling a nude infant, seen from behind, reaching and looking upwards; in the sky, also another horse and another female figure, left unfinished and very indistinct. c.1795 Colour monotype in green, black and brown, with hand colouring

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
    • Width: 273 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This is a unique trial print for "Pity", from Blake's series of large colour prints. The details have been left unfinished by Blake. This trial print is significantly smaller than the final version of the design which measures 425 x 539mm (the final print exists in a unique impression at Tate Britain). Blake's large colour prints were apparently created by applying colour directly onto the printing surface. When more than one impression was taken from a plate, colour could be re-applied where necessary. There are a total of twelve large colour prints, some of which exist in two or three impressions. Blake's patron Thomas Butts apparently bought a complete set.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bindman 327 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    1996 Feb-Apr, Madrid, Fundacion La Caixa, William Blake
    1996 Apr-Jun, Barcelona, Centre Cultural, William Blake
    2000/1 Nov-Feb, London, Tate Britain, 'William Blake'
    2001 Mar-Jun, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'William Blake'
    2009 April-June, Paris, Petit Palais, William Blake
    2014/15, Nov-Feb, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, William Blake. PROMISED

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1874,1212.380

Unfinished trial print for "Pity"; a gowned female figure lying supine on the ground, partially covered by vegetation; above, a white horse flying through the sky; a female figure riding the horse, reaching down; her arms circling a nude infant, seen from behind, reaching and looking upwards; in the sky, also another horse and another female figure, left unfinished and very indistinct.  c.1795
Colour monotype in green, black and brown, with hand colouring

Unfinished trial print for "Pity"; a gowned female figure lying supine on the ground, partially covered by vegetation; above, a white horse flying through the sky; a female figure riding the horse, reaching down; her arms circling a nude infant, seen from behind, reaching and looking upwards; in the sky, also another horse and another female figure, left unfinished and very indistinct. c.1795 Colour monotype in green, black and brown, with hand colouring

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