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Title

Behemoth and Leviathan, from Illustrations of The Book of Job


Artist

William Blake

England

1757 - 1827


About

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.


Details


Date

1825


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

21.8 x 16.9 cm platemark; 50.9 x 34.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1949


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8032.15


Artist information

William Blake

Works in the collection

41


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 118 (illus.).