- Museum number
Series: Specimens of Polyautograhy
Enoch seated in the centre, holding open a large book; a woman with a quill kneeling to his feet at the right; further to the right, two male figures are flying, holding a scroll or tablet; to Enoch's left a nude man stands holding a palette and brush, and a woman kneels with a lute; further to the left, three male figures are flying, holding a scroll; left and right edges of the image decorated with vine leaves and grapes. 1806-07
- Production date
- 1803-1807 (circa)
Height: 218 millimetres
Width: 310 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print is Blake's only lithograph. The figures with the quill, palette and lute represent the arts of poetry, painting and music. This is one of only five impressions known, four of which are listed by Robert Essick:
1A the present one
1B Edward Croft-Murray, now Metropolitan Museum, New York (2013.146)
1C Sir Geoffrey Keynes, now Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (P.397-1985)
1D Raymond Lister, sold Christie's, London, 2 Dec 2008, lot 61
A fourth impression from an album of lithographs probably assembled by Buxton Kenrick (1770-1832), Lincs, was sold at Christie's London, 9 Dec 2021, lot 154. This was on watermarked paper dated 1806.
This impression is pasted into leaf 93 of a volume that mainly contains early lithographs. The first 36 leaves of the volume are the "Specimens of Polyautography", published in London in 1803 and re-issued with additions in 1806 by G. J. Vollweiler. See 1874,0711.903.
See Felix Man, in 'Print' edited by C. Zigrosser 1962, p.118, cat. 28.
We are grateful to Professor Leslie Baynes from the Missouri State University for correcting the translation of the Hebrew.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: The Bible
Associated Title: The Ethiopic Book of Enoch (perhaps)
Associated Title: The Secrets of Enoch (Perhaps)
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