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Title

Colinet departs in sorrow: 'riven trunk' at right , from Illustrations to Robert John Thornton, 'The Pastorals of Virgil'

1821
printed 1977

Artist

William Blake

England

1757 - 1827

  • Details

    Dates
    1821
    printed 1977
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    wood engraving
    Edition
    150
    Dimensions
    3.6 x 7.4 cm platemark; 12.1 x 15.3 cm sheet
    Credit
    Purchased 2006
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    323.2006.5
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    William Blake

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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