• The Bard -
    Price on request

    Pen and grey ink over pencil

    27.7 by 28.7 cm., 10 ? by 11 ? in.

     

    Provenance:

    Gerald Robinson;

    L.G. Duke (1890-1971);

    Iolo A. Williams (1890-1962);

    By descent until sold at Sotheby?s, 31st March 1999, lot 6

     

    This drawing relates to William Blake?s poem `The Voice of the Ancient Bard?, published in `Songs of Innocence` in 1789 and again in `Songs of Innocence and Experience? in 1794. Flaxman?s drawing echoes the poem but differs from Blake?s illustration.


     

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