A Title Page for "The Grave"
Maker: William Blake , British, 1757 - 1827
Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (23.8 x 20 cm.) sheet: 9 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (23.8 x 20 cm.) mount: 13 11/16 x 10 13/16 in. (34.8 x 27.5 cm.)
Medium: pen and blue watercolor on paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 000.30
Label Text: Blake probably made this design as a title page fot a portfolio ofhis watercolors illustrating Robert Blair's "The Grave" rather than for the published volume, a copy of which is displayed in the center case in this room. A personified soul rises heavenward from a tomb flanked by winged figures representing the death of the body (left) and the immortality of the spirit (right).