Henry James Bellars

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Henry James Bellars
ca. 1828-1868 or 9
Sketch of Three Male Nudes in Clouds
Brush and black ink, over red chalk, on paper.
9 3/4 x 6 13/16 inches (248 x 174 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 the New York Public Library, Spring 1976, 285ff.

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