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The Night of Enitharmon's Joy

Date: 1795
sheet: 16 5/16 x 22 in. (41.5 x 55.9 cm.)
Medium: printed planographically with gum or glue based pigments (brown, green, mustard yellow) and finished with pen and ink outlining and watercolors
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on verso of cardboard in graphite: B[?] B.
Object Number: 000.126
Label Text:Formerly thought to be a picture of Hecate and based on either classical mythology or Shakespeare, the subject of this print has recently been identified as Enitharmon, a repressive nature goddess in Blake's mythology. She is pictured here as a witch, with her book of evil spells and her animal minions, separating and enthralling the youthful male and female kneeling beside her.
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