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Title

Menalcas watching women dance, from Illustrations to Robert John Thornton, 'The Pastorals of Virgil'


Artist

William Blake

England

1757 - 1827


About

The 17 wood-engravings in this set were commissioned from Blake by Robert Thornton to illustrate his school edition of ‘The pastorals of Virgil’. The small volume was published in 1821. Blake’s designs do not in fact illustrate Virgil’s Latin verses but an imitation of Virgil’s first ‘Eclogue’ by the poet Ambrose Philips. Like Virgil’s original, the imitation takes the form of a dialogue between two shepherds, now renamed Thenot and Colinet. Blake’s illustrations had an enormous influence on a group of young artists known as the Ancients. They included Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert.


Details


Dates

1821
printed 1977


Media category

Print


Materials used

wood engraving


Edition

150


Dimensions

3.5 x 7.7 cm platemark; 12.1 x 15.3 cm sheet


Credit

Purchased 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

323.2006.13


Artist information

William Blake

Works in the collection

41


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


David Bindman, The complete graphic works of William Blake, 1978. no.614