Friday, 12 March 2010

Female nude leaning on a table – William Blake


A study by the poet Blake for the 1822 painting ‘The Wise and Foolish Virgins.’ (Other studies here.)


  1. Very unusual for a Blake work. Great find!


    P.S. Linking to the Victorian Web is very cool. One of my favorite sites for a long time. Great resource for info on the period.

  2. Looks like he started off drawing "Male nude leaning on a table" and just changed his mind at the last minute and added some jugs.

    Or maybe he was trying for "Male nude waiting for Chris Carter" and then chickened out.

  3. Oh thats good twr! My thoughts were along the same lines... I was going to write "elderly female ex- kickboxer exhausted by the futility of it all".

    (But that doesn't mean your art postings aren't excellent PC; keep them coming, usually they are amazing!)

  4. This is not a drawing by the poet William Blake (1757-1827). As your link to Victorian Web makes clear, this is one of several related drawings by the Victorian artist Sir William Blake Richmond (1842-1921). He was the son of the painter George Richmond (1809-1896), a friend and disciple of William Blake, hence the baptismal names.

  5. Thank you, notker. The drawing makes much more sense now.

  6. These were painted on site. We found high places in Florence for amazing views. Having time to sit and paint was a great way to experience Italy and rejuvenate. It was a wonderful contrast to all of the crowded museums and mass transportation. .
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