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Illustration 3 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Old Dragon.

Date: ca. 1814-1816
6 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (15.8 x 12.3 cm.)
mount: 14 x 9 7/16 in. (35.5 x 24 cm.)
Medium: pen and watercolor
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on the mount below the image in golden brown ink in a fine italic script are lines 165-172 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.16
Label Text:The incarnation of Christ sends the pagan gods-some scaly, others with multiple heads-down to hell. The serpent-like tail of one false god leaves behind a trail of stars above the stable of the Nativity, pictured in the distance with the three wise men bowing before it.