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Illustration 4 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Overthrow of Apollo and the Pagan Gods

Date: ca. 1814-1816
6 3/16 x 4 13/16 in. (15.7 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 173-180 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.17
Label Text:Even Apollo, the Greek god of light and knowledge, is replaced by the infant Christ. The classical deity's spirit descends in flames from his outer form, based on the famous statue, the Apollo Belvedere. His worshippers still bow below the now meaningless statue; a priestess wails within a confining cavern on the right.