William Blake proof etching from Book of Job 1825
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BLAKE, WILLIAM (1757-1827). Etching from Book of Job. No. 8. Job´s despair. "Let the day perish wherein I was Born". London, 1826. Proof copy on india paper. Size 210x164 mm. Edition of 150, with the word proof engraved to lower right corner, published by the artist and John Linnell. Mounted on paper, some creases. Trimmed margins.
Bindman 633 (states 215x169 mm.). The measurements differ a few mms, probably due to that the plate has been washed.
Illustrations of The Book of Job" was commissioned by John Linnell in 1823. It is dated March 1825 but was not finished until 1826. It is the last of several works on the theme of Job which were made by Blake throughout his career. Initially, about 300 sets of impressions were made - about half of these were described as "proof" sets, including this one. John Linnell retained the copperplates and a posthumous edition was printed in 1874. The plates are now in the British Museum. (BM).