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- Series: Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod
Title-page; 2 gowned male figures; 1 gowned female figure. 1817
Stipple and engraving
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Height: 216 millimetres
Width: 280 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- By 1807 John Flaxman was working on his designs to Hesiod, which were completed in 1814. His designs based on Homer, engraved by Tommaso Piroli, had been published previously in Rome (1793). These were a lasting success. Perhaps based on this success, Longman & Co. entered into a contract with Flaxman in 1816 to provide designs based on Hesiod, for publication. They employed Flaxman's friend William Blake to engrave the designs (see Essick 1991).
The "Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod" were executed by Blake using stippled lines. Flaxman's designs were all outline drawings, remarkable in combining dramatic actions with an economy of line. The outline engravings designed by Flaxman after Homer, Hesiod and Dante were extremely influential in the nineteenth century.
This copy of "Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod" is probably a later issue (see 1860,0310.1.1).
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Associated Title: Works and Days
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