A Group of Nine Framed Early 19thC William Blake Artworks; Six Engravings by Luigi Schiavonetti c.1813 & Three Watercolours

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1813
Portraits: 16.25” h x 14.25” w
Landscapes: 16.25” w x 14.25” h

The mixed group of William Blake (1757-1827) artworks, to include six engravings from twelve from The Grave, A Poem by Robert Blair, drafted by William Blake and engraved by Luigi Schiavonetti and published 1813, coupled with three unmarked watercolours, all being framed and glazed and surviving from Regency period England.

Each of the nine remains in good order as photographed with little spotting or spoiling. The glazing and frames are 21stC with ivory and charcoal mounts and are of good quality.

The six plates offered are as follows:

-    Plate 21 The Decent of Man into the Vale of Death 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand

-    Plate ??  The Soul Exploring the Recesses of the Grave 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand

-    Plate 32, The Reunion of the Soul and Body

-    Plate 12, Death of the Strong Wicked Man p.12 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand

-    Plate 28, The Day of Judgement 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand

-    Plate 32, Deaths Door

Rudolph Ackermann, the publisher was a carriage designer; publisher and lithographic printer being active in London from 1787.

The other three works appear to be watercolours, possibly over engravings, and are seemingly undated or signed but have real artistic merit. It is unclear if they are of the same period but the paper is good parchment paper.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. He invented a printing technique known as relief etching and used it to print most of his poetry. He called the technique illuminated printing and the poetry illuminated books.

A beautiful collection of Blake’s work and a prominent piece of wall art for these troubled times.