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Job: P.106-2020

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Job's Complaint


Printmaker: Blake, William




Keynes, Bibliotheca Bibliographici, No. 554. A very richly inked impression printed on India laid onto a support, trimmed to the edge of the tissue just within the plate mark and later relined. It is possible that the impression printed on India has been lifted from its original support, trimmed slightly, and laid back down on its original or another support and then relined. This would explain the fact that the vertical dimension differs from the other Fitzwilliam impression (P.3-1953) by about 3 mm. There are odd additional light scratches to the plate that suggest that this impression was printed later than P.3-1953


History note: Together with the Second State of EZEKIEL (P.104-2020), from the collection of Lt.-Col. W. E. Moss, sold at Sotheby’s, London, 2 March 1937, Lot. 174, to GLK, £13. It had previously been sold at Sotheby’s, 1 December 1910, in Lot 127, with the property of a great grand-daughter of Thomas Chevalier, surgeon, who had been acquainted with Blake and is said to have attended him professionally

Legal notes

From the collection of Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government from the estate of Stephen Keynes OBE and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2020) by H.M. Government Keynes, Stephen


19th century
Circa 1820 - Circa 1827


Second state

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of wove paper
Image Height 351 mm Width 491 mm
Sheet Height 456 mm Width 530 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JOB
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: What is Man That thou shoudest Try him Every Moment? Job VII C 17 & 18 V
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Painted and Engraved by W Blake
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Published 18 August 1793 by W Blake No 13 Hercules Buildings Lambeth
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Address

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.106-2020
Primary reference Number: 282321
Essick: V 2D
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 17 March 2021 Updated: Monday 27 March 2023 Last processed: Monday 27 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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