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The Little Black Boy: P.679-1985

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Current Location: In storage


The Little Black Boy
Songs of Innocence


Printmaker: Blake, William




History note: Removed from an extra-illustrated copy of Gilchrist's Life of Blake, 1863

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, Sir Geoffrey


1789 - 1790


Early impression

Printed on both sides. First plate on recto, second plate on verso.

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Materials used in production

Green ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Plate Height 115 mm Width 70 mm
Sheet Height 189 mm Width 136 mm

Techniques used in production

Hand colouring
Relief etching

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.679-1985
Primary reference Number: 642
Bindman: 221
Bindman: 222
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 February 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 20 February 2024

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

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