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Illustration to Dante's "Divine Comedy", 'Inferno', Canto X - Dante conversing with Farinata degli Uberti; Dante in centre standing and looking to right where bearded man speaks with him, to left stands figure in blue robe, flames surrounding all the figures, with domes and castellated buildings visible in distance. 1824-27
Graphite and watercolour
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Height: 367 millimetres
Width: 520 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Blake's illustrations to Dante were commissioned by John Linnell; it was planned to engrave the series, but the project was interrupted by Blake's death.
This watercolour was exhibited at the Wordsworth Trust 2007 exhibition 'Dante Rediscovered',see cat no.39,p.128, from which the following text is taken:
Dante and Virgil enter the city of Dis 'all thick spread with sepulchres',which contain the arch heretics and their followers among the intense flames. Dante addresses Fairnata, the leader of the Ghibellines in the mid-thirteenth century, while Cavalcanti, the father of Dante's friend Guido Cavalcanti, clings to the edge of the tomb. Dante and his ancestors had been attached to Farinata's great enemies the Guelphs, and Dante and Farinata angrily recall ancient battles.'
See: D.Bindman, S.Hebron & Michael O'Neill ed.,Dante Rediscovered: From Blake to Rodin, (Grasmere: The Wordsworth Trust),2007,p.128,cat.39.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.348
1957 BM, 'William Blake and his circle', no.16(1)
1977 May-Sep, Bordeaux, Galerie des BA, English Watercolours, no. 72
1982 Sep-Nov, New Haven,Yale Center for British Art, 'Blake', no. 116d
1982/3 Dec-Feb, Toronto AG, 'Blake', no. 116d
2000 April-June, Helsinki City Art Gallery, 'William Blake'
2000 Sep-Nov, Prague Castle, 'William Blake'
2007 Aug-Nov, Grasmere, Dove Cottage, 'Dante Rediscovered'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Divine Comedy
Associated Title: Inferno
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- Acquisition notes
- Ernest Debenham contributed £100.00 towards the group
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