•  Queen Philippa from Gough’s ‘Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain’ -

    Line engraving, proof impression without lettering but with written instructions 
    Sheet 49.5 by 27.8 cm., 19 ½ by 10 ¾ in. 

    This is a proof, lacking some shading in the image, of a plate engraved by James Basire and published in Gough’s Sepulchral Monuments in 1786. During his apprenticeship with James Basire, Blake was asked to make pencil drawings of various monuments in Westminster Abbey between 1773 and 1776. Blake’s original drawings along with some proofs and the copperplates for the engravings are part of the Gough collection in the Bodeian Library, Oxford. The ink inscription could be eighteenth century but appears not to be the hand of James Basire. It could be an early collector or print seller. The pencil inscriptions appear of later date. 
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