William BlakeEpitome of James Hervey's 'Meditations among the Tombs' c.1820-5

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Artist
William Blake (1757‑1827)
Title
Epitome of James Hervey's 'Meditations among the Tombs'
Date c.1820-5
MediumInk, watercolour and gold paint on paper
Dimensionssupport: 431 x 292 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by George Thomas Saul 1878
Reference
N02231
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James Hervey (1714-58) was a writer of devotional texts. His popular Meditations Among the Tombs was published in 1746 and it was often reprinted. The subject of the book is death, and the author dwells particularly on the grief caused by early death, and on the eventual re-uniting of the parted in heaven. Hervey, his back to the viewer, is seen in the foreground of the picture. At the foot of the stair which winds heavenward to God, sits a widow with the bodies of her husband and children. Inscriptions beside the other figures help to explain the narrative… (read more)

August 2004

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