Henry James Bellars

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Henry James Bellars
ca. 1828-1868 or 9
Sketch Based on a Detail from "Jerusalem" 81
Brush and black ink, white opaque watercolor, with rose watercolor, on gray prepared paper.
11 3/16 x 4 15/16 inches (283 x 126 mm)
Gift of Mr. Henry A. La Farge.

Watermark: none.
One of six drawings freely based in most cases on designs by William Blake and possibly related to John Camden Hotten's planned complete facsimile of the illuminated works of Blake.

John Camden Hotten (1832-1873); J.W. Bouton, New York; from whom presumably purchased by Edward W. Hooper, ca. 1875; by descent to his daughter, Mabel Hooper La Farge; Henry A. LaFarge.
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Hotten, John Camden, 1832-1873, former owner.
Bouton, J. W., former owner.
Hooper, Edward W., former owner.
Hooper, Mabel La Farge, former owner.
La Farge, Henry Adams, 1902- former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 237.
Exhibition of Books, Water Colors, Engravings, Etc. by William Blake, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880, nos. 58, 59(?), 61, 63, and 79(?), all as Blake.
Morton D. Paley, "John Camden Hotten, A. C. Swinburne, and the Blake Facsimilies of 1868," Bulletin of Nw York Public Library, Spring 1976, 285ff.

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