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Illustration to "Fable XXVIII. The Persian, the Sun and the Cloud" from Gay's "Fables", Vol. 1 (London, 1793); rural landscape with trees (l), water, and a dramatic cloud in the background; a gowned bearded male figure with long hair, kneeling in profile and prostrate over some raised land in the foreground (the Persian, praying to the sun);. 1793
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Height: 271 millimetres (trimmed within platemark)
Width: 173 millimetres (trimmed within platemark)
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- In 1793 John Stockton published his edition of John Gay's "Fables" (a second edition, retaining the 1793 title-page, was produced c1811). The book was "embellished with Seventy Plates". These were engraved by various artists after designs by William Kent and John Wootton from the first edition of Gay's "Fables" from 1727, and after designs by Gravelot from a later edition with new fables (1738).
Twelve of the plates in Stockton's edition were engraved by Blake. Like the other engravers employed in the book, he used considerable artistic license in translating the earlier designs onto new copperplates.
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Associated Title: Fables
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