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Illustration 6 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Night of Peace

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 237-244 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.19
Label Text:The Holy Family rest within the stable, guarded by well-armed angels. Pictured as a flame held by a woman sitting in a horse-drawn chariot, the star of Bethlehem rises in the sky. Angels with harps frame the heavenly light.