Blake seeks to provide the Golden String which can lead us through the labyrinth of our experience or his own poetry.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Throughout his career Blake continued to create images expressing his interaction with the Book of Job. Blake read the Book of Job as an account of the spiritual journey of an individual. As he traveled his own journey through time he was led into a deeper understanding of the Eternal dimension of the Book of Job as a account of the psychological experience of integration. The account of Job's trials and breakthroughs to higher consciousness are portrayed through a group of characters undergoing interactions with one another, but it was the internal significance of the characters which produced a transformation of the psyche of the individual called Job. Blake's illustrations to the Biblical account are designed to encourage his viewers to turn inward to one's own encounter with the forces which impel one along the journey.

National Gallery of Art
Sketch of Job and his Daughters
This is a list of images which are available on the internet through which you can follow Blake's extended response to the message in the Book of Job:

Wash drawing of Job and His Tormentors
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Engraving of What is Man That thou shouldest Try him Every Moment?
British Museum
Tempera Painting of Job and His Daughters
National Gallery of Art

c 1804
Watercolor Painting of The Lord Answering Job from the Whirlwind
National Galleries Scotland
Set of 19 watercolor Illustration of Book of Job produced for Thomas Butts
Morgan Library and Museum
Sketch of Job and His Daughters 
National Gallery of Art  

Set of 21 watercolor Illustrations of the Book of Job - copies of Butts set for Linnell 
Fogg Museum (Partial)

Sketchbook - 32 pages of sketches for engravings of Book of Job
Fitzwilliam Museum
Engraved copper plates for The Illustrations of the Book of Job
British Museum
Engravings of 22 Plates of Blake's Illustrations of The Book of Job
University of Adelaide 

Gates of Paradise, Plate 16, (E 33)

"16 I have said to the Worm, Thou art my mother & my sister"

Book of Job
Chapter 18
[13] If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
[14] I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou are my mother, and my sister.

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