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Illustration 2 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Annunciation to the Shepherds

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 85-87 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.15
Label Text:A circular quire of angels announces the birth of Christ to the shepherds and their families. The stable of the Nativity can be seen on the horizon just below the angels.