'The Pin and the Needle', 1793.

Blake, William

'The Pin and the Needle', 1793.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm


Engraving by William Blake (1757-1827), showing a man holding a stick, pointing at a pin standing upright on a table. The interior is full of scientific and historic objects including compases, an armillary sphere, a mummified figure, an urn and a shield. Blake was one of the leading figures of Romanticism. He was both an artist and a poet. His work was mainly forgotten until the pre-Raphaelites in the mid 19th century exclaimed his work to be visionary.

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