Place Published: London
Publisher: Ernest Benn, Limited 8 Bouverie Street, E.C.4
Date Published: 1925
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First ordinary UK limited edition edition. Quarto (8-1/2 x 11 inches). pp xv, -(2), 117pp., followed by 100 pages of plates, many are collotypes (5 plates in colour), each plate accompanied by guard sheet with descriptive letterpress following text. No dust jacket. White buckram half cloth with illustrated paper decorated boards and gilt type on spine. No dust jacket. Wear at cover corners and edges otherwise a very good copy. Previous owner's bookplate on inside end paper. Very clean insides. "Of the 'Paintings of William Blake' 1150 copies only have been printed. Of these, 900 copies (of which 210 are reserved for United States of America) constitute the ordinary edition of which this book is. Oversized and heavy book requiring extra postage.
Book is divided into the following sections:- I. Years of Pupilage (1757 - 1784); II. Years of Creation (1784-1800); III. Felpham (1800-1803); IV. Intellectual Vision (1803-1809); V. The Fatal Exhibition (1809); VI. A Friend in Need (1810-1821); VII. The Madness of Blake; VIII. Fullness and Achievement (1821-1827)
This is the most accessible introduction available to one of the greatest British artists. The art of William Blake unites visionary simplicity with profound complexity of thought. In this illuminating new study, illustrated throughout in colour, Raymond Lister provides an engaging and lucid approach to Blake's paintings, fully alive to their infinite power of suggestion and refreshingly unfettered by polemic. The biographical introduction, making extensive use of Blake's writings and of contemporary accounts of him, traces the vicissitudes of this absolutely individual artist's life; his very human nature is revealed, no less than his boundless creative energies. The seventy-five colour plates represent the whole span of Blake's working life and all the major areas of his art: his biblical pictures, his allegorical subjects and his illuminated books, which he wrote, engraved and decorated himself. The detailed commentary to each plate explores as much of his symbolism as is readily comprehensible, and explains his often idiosyncratic techniques. - Publisher's note