William Blake

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William Blake
1757-1827
Job Rebuked by His Friends
Pen and black and gray ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over faint indications in pencil, on paper.
9 1/4 x 11 inches (233 x 280 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
2001.72
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Signed in pen and black ink at lower right, "WB inv".

Provenance: 
Thomas Butts; Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Lord Houghton (1809-1885); Robert Offley Ashburton Milnes, 4th Baron and Marquess of Crewe; Crewe sale, London, Sotheby's, March 1903, lot 17; purchased through Quaritch by J. Pierpont Morgan, 30 June 1903.
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One of twenty-one original drawings executed for Thomas Butts, ca. 1805-10, illustrating the Book of Job. This sheet is no. 10 in the series.

Associated names: 

Butts, Thomas, 1759-1846, former owner.
Houghton, Richard Monckton Milnes, Baron, 1809-1885, former owner.
Crewe, Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of, 1858-1945, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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