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Watercolour - The Recording Angel

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1919P6
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1824 - 1827

Maker Information

Artist:William Blake - View biography for William Blake


The scene refers to Dante's 'Divine Comedy: Paradiso 19' and the Recroding Angel who in the guise of the 'angel' of convention and tradition upholds Moral Law. For Blake however, salvation came through active love and forgiveness rather than Dante's allusions to the passive observance of Moral Law.

Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund and the Feeney Trust, 1919.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Watercolour with pen and ink over pencil.

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Height:520 mm
Width:362 mm