A héliogravure of Blake’s 1826 engraving illustrating the biblical Book of Job.
Artist: William Blake. Born London, 1757. Died London, 1827
Title: Thus did Job continually. Number 1 in the series.
Medium: Héliogravure on heavy wove paper.
Date: 1906. Original engraving, 1825.
Signature: In lower right side of image: W Blake inv. & sculp. (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.
The great sheltering tree hung with instruments, the dozing sheep and the family at prayer create a feeling of tranquility and unity in this composition, further balanced by the sun and moon to either side.
Notes: William Blake was an English visionary, poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic age. His visual artistry has led him to be arguably called one of the greatest artists Britain has ever produced.
He produced a diverse and symbolically rich body of work which embraced the imagination as "the body of God". Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.
Reverent of the Bible but hostile to all forms of organised religion, Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions.
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 or aluminium 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 and 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. 200x165 mm. Please note that postage is invoiced separately: within Australia $22.50. Overseas: ask for quote.
Item No: ART054