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The Death of The Good Old Man

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2004,U.15

  • Title (object)

    • The Death of The Good Old Man
  • Description

    Illustration to Blair's "The Grave" (1808) (London, 1813); an interior; a bearded man is lying on a matress; four mourners kneel praying at his head, three at his feet; in the foreground, a Bible is open at the title-page of the New Testament, held open by his right hand; in the background the man's soul is flying out the window on a cloud, escorted by two winged angels; 1813 edition. 1808 Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1808
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 224 millimetres (approx. - mount hides platemark and edge of image)
    • Width: 253 millimetres (approx. - mount hides platemark and edge of image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with production detail, "Drawn by W. Blake. / Engraved by L. Schiavonetti."; lettered below with object title and one and a half lines of verse, "...Sure the last end / Of the good Man is peace! How calm His exit!"; lettered below with publication line, "London Published Mar. 1st. 1813, by R Ackermann, 101, Strand."
  • Curator's comments

    For commentary on William Blake's illustrations for Blair's "The Grave" - which also illustrate Mora's "Meditaciones Poeticas", written after the designs - see 1867,0309.267.

  • Bibliography

    • Bindman 1978 474 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Blake cupboard)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Grave
  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2004,U.15

Illustration to Blair's "The Grave" (1808) (London, 1813); an interior; a bearded man is lying on a matress; four mourners kneel praying at his head, three at his feet; in the foreground, a Bible is open at the title-page of the New Testament, held open by his right hand; in the background the man's soul is flying out the window on a cloud, escorted by two winged angels; 1813 edition.  1808 Etching

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Illustration to Blair's "The Grave" (1808) (London, 1813); an interior; a bearded man is lying on a matress; four mourners kneel praying at his head, three at his feet; in the foreground, a Bible is open at the title-page of the New Testament, held open by his right hand; in the background the man's soul is flying out the window on a cloud, escorted by two winged angels; 1813 edition. 1808 Etching

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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