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An image of The Lord answering Job out of the whirlwind by William Blake

William Blake

(England 1757 – 1827)

The Lord answering Job out of the whirlwind, from Illustrations of The Book of Job
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21.8 x 17.0 cm platemark; 51.0 x 34.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1949
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Blake undertook the 21 illustrations to ‘The Book of Job’ in the final years of his life as the result of commission from the painter John Linnell. The prints are based on a series of watercolours that Blake had executed between 1805 and 1810 but they do not include the elaborate borders and inscriptions seen in the engravings. The Bible story describes Job as a righteous man who persisted in his faith in the Lord through all manner of afflictions and punishments and was rewarded in the end for his steadfastness. Blake was fascinated with story of Job and identified with his struggles. His engravings offer a highly original interpretation of the story rather than merely illustrating the biblical text.

Bibliography (1)

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Newtown, Jul 2009, 25 (illus.), 26.

Exhibition history (3)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1949, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 1949–17 Feb 1950

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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