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Illustration 1 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Descent of Peace

Date: ca. 1814-1816
Dimensions:
6 1/4 x 4 15/16 in. (15.9 x 12.6 cm.)
mount: 14 x 9 7/16 in. (35.5 x 24 cm.)
Medium: pen and watercolor
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on the mount below the image in golden brown ink in a fine italic script are lines 29-34 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.14
Label Text:The Christ child leaps into life, with his parents Mary and Joseph on the right and St. John the Baptist and his parents on the left. The incarnation unfolds within the traditional stable, with oxen upper left. A personification of Nature awakens to a new life below the stable, while the human form of heavenly Peace descends above its roof.