William BlakeLamech and his Two Wives 1795

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Artist
William Blake (1757‑1827)
Title
Lamech and his Two Wives
Date 1795
MediumColour print, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 431 x 608 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939
Reference
N05061
Not on display

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Lamech was Cain’s great-great-great grandson. He is asking for protection from the possible consequences of the murders he has committed.

Blake’s image was printed onto smooth white paper. The light pencil crosses are framing marks of unknown date; they could be Blake’s. The inscription near the lower edge appears to be in Blake’s hand, perhaps written at the time of production. The writing at lower right, intended to be hidden by any frame, has been added by several curators. Blake’s hand-finishing extended beyond the colour printing at each corner, and has been extended by others, for neat framing within a window mount.

September 2004

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