Wm. Blake héliogravure, 1906. “And smote Job with sore Boils”


A héliogravure of Blake’s 1826 engraving illustrating the biblical Book of Job.


Artist:  William BlakeBorn London, 1757.  Died London, 1827


Title:  And smote Job with sore Boils.  Number 6 in the series.    


Medium:  Héliogravure on heavy wove paper.     


Date:  1906.  Original engraving, 1825.  


Signature:  In plate, bottom left: W Blake inv & sc.  (invenit & sculpsit is Latin for “he created it and engraved it”.)


Edition: Size unknown


Content:  The 22 engraved prints by Blake illustrating the Book of Job are considered to be his greatest masterpieces in the medium of engraving.  They were also a rare critical and commercial success for him.  Here an exultant Satan, set against a tumultuous sky, pours the poison onto Job, whose wife holds her head in fear and despair.  


Notes: A héliogravure belongs to the same family of intaglio printing techniques as engraving, etching and aquatint.  The complex process of producing a héliogravure, sometimes called a photogravure, involves coating a copper plate with a light sensitive ground and photographing the image onto the plate.  The exposed plate is then etched and printed onto dampened paper using special inks.  The resultant image has a rich palette of blacks and shades of grey.  With its subtle tonality, the technique achieves a degree of fine detail that modern industrial printing methods - such as rotogravure, letterpress and offset - simply cannot match.  This héliogravure from William Blake's Book of Job, was produced in 1906, using Blake's original 1825/6 proof engravings.


Condition:  This plate is in excellent condition with a sharp image, embossed plate mark and full margins. It is unconditionally guaranteed to be as described. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  


Size:  Paper size: approx. 315x250 mm. Plate size: approx. 215x165 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.  


Item No:  ART043

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