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William Cowper, Author of "The Task": P.561-1985

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Current Location: In storage


William Cowper, Author of "The Task"


Printmaker: Blake, William
Draughtsman: Lawrence, Thomas



Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts, accepted in lieu of capital taxes

Measurements and weight

Height: 244 mm
Width: 180 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985-04) by Keynes, Geoffrey


1802 - 1803


Frontispiece to the second volume of The Life and Posthumous Writings of William Cooper, Esqr., with an introductory letter, to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper, by William Hayley, Esqr., Vol. I-III, Chichester: Printed by J. Seagrave, for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard, London, 1803-1804.

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Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

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Support composed of paper

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T Lawrence R A: Ad vivum del: 1793
  • Location: Plate lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: W. Blake sculp 1802
  • Location: Plate lower right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: William Cowper - / Author of "The Task"
  • Location: Image lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.561-1985
Primary reference Number: 31441
Bentley: 468.3
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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