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Frontispiece: The Piper: P.670-1985

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Frontispiece: The Piper
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Innocence and Of Experience, Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul


Printmaker: Blake, William




History note: Acquired from Blake by the first Baron Dimsdale; sold for Major Thomas E. Dimsdale at Sotheby's, 24 November 1952, lot 99

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1789 : This copy was printed and coloured c. 1794.

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Plate Height 110 mm Width 147 mm
Sheet Height 205 mm Width 146 mm

Techniques used in production

Hand colouring
Relief etching

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1
  • Location: Upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Pen and ink
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.670-1985
Primary reference Number: 641
Bindman: 215
Bentley: 139 R
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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