William Blake

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William Blake
Figures Outside a Church
ca. 1805
Pencil on paper.
10 13/16 x 5 3/4 inches (275 x 147 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan Library 1919.
III, 45d

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From a volume of Blakeiana accompanied by a manuscript catalogue by William Muir: Robert Arthington; sale, London, Sotheby's, 17-18 May 1866, 1st day, to Pickering; E. Daniel; sale, London, Christie's, 1 June 1887, to Henry White; sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 April-2 May 1902, 2nd day, to K. Roberts; sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-9 December 1905, 4th day, to Paul; sale, London, Sotheby's, 14-15 December 1906, 2nd day, to Abbey; Pierpont Morgan Library by 1919.

This drawing is executed on a sheet from the 1802 edition of Hayley's second ballad, which was used by Blake as scrap paper from 1805 onwards.

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Arthington, Robert, former owner.
Pickering, former owner.
Daniel, E., former owner.
White, Henry, former owner.
Roberts, K., former owner.

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