Publication: VISIONS Copy R; Misc. Plates & Impressions

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s Visions of the Daughters...

Blake in Sussex

Knowing how hard it is for me to put together a blog post with a couple of illustrations, I...

Serendipity and difficulty

Behind the scenes the indefatigable members of the Blake Archive are preparing a batch of separate plates for future...

Mirror-Writing Marginalia -- How Did It Happen and What Do We Do With It?

So the marginalia group have been slowly plugging away at the transcriptions for the Lavater, Watson and Thornton books,...

Tutorial Video: Finding and Using Digital Erdman

Did you know that the Blake Archive contains an entire digital edition of David Erdman’s The Complete Poetry and Prose...
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Publication: VISIONS Copy R; Misc. Plates & Impressions
Blake Quarterly
Blake in Sussex
BAND, Blake Quarterly
Serendipity and difficulty
BAND
Mirror-Writing Marginalia -- How Did It Happen and What Do We Do With It?
Tutorial Videos
Tutorial Video: Finding and Using Digital Erdman
BATS

Do you see what I see?

Under the skilled eye of Katherine Calvin, I have completed training on illustration markup. With her help, I have gained practice in the art of seeing and of describing what I see, without inserting my interpretations. My introduction to the process of using templates to reflect on the new (to me) plate and spot the differences–a skill set that I first developed reading Highlights magazines–went smoothly. As I learned the ropes, there was only one instance where I thought the template itself was wrong.

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Urizen, Bound and Unbound

In previous posts on Hell’s Printing Press, I have explored the process of illustration markup and textual tagging at the WBA (see my earlier posts about textual tagging broadly and focused studies of tags like “streams of gore,” “lunging,” and “ecstasy”). In addition to tags related to objects, movements, and emotions, the WBA also aims to identify particular figures significant to Blake’s works and life. These include historical figures, such as Catherine Blake and George Romney; biblical characters including Potiphar and Job; and allegories like Mirth and Joy. However, one of the most important groups of tagged figures are characters created by Blake—from Oothoon and Los to Rintrah and Orc—who often recur throughout his poetry and designs.

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Blake Quarterly

“Rosenbach and Blake” (and Bentley)

This week we published our winter issue (vol. 51, no. 3), which will be completely open access for the next few days. It features the last article in our queue from the late Jerry Bentley, “Rosenbach and Blake,” about the numerous Blake works handled by the dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach in the first half of the twentieth century, many from the collection of W. A. White and many for the collection of Lessing J. Rosenwald (now in the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).

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Publication: VALA, or THE FOUR ZOAS

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s VALA, or The Four Zoas. This edition is based on fresh digital photography from the British Library and is presented in Preview mode—with enlargements and basic bibliographical information but without transcriptions or illustration descriptions.

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Publication: Water Color Drawings for Young’s NIGHT THOUGHTS

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s water color drawings illustrating Edward Young’s The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts. These 537 designs are a considerable proportion of Blake’s total production as a visual artist. The water colors join two copies of Blake’s engraved illustrations to Edward Young’s Night Thoughts (1797) previously published in the Archive, one uncolored and one with contemporary hand coloring.

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BAND, XML

The Much-Anticipated Receipts Update

The previous occasion upon which we brought to your attention the documentation of Blake’s inimitable and exciting fiscal accounts was in mid-2016, so it’s about time we revisited the manifold problems plaguing the receipts project. The project has been gathering (only a little) dust while we paid attention to more pressing questions raised by the redesign, the Four Zoas display, the marginalia schema, not to mention the terrifying experience of recording tutorial videos! But, finally, the (all new) Receipts Team – comprising the brand new BAND member Emily Tronson, the not-so-new Alex Zawacki and myself – has reconvened and we’ve been trying to compile a list of objectives to guide our attempts to prepare a single, complete BAD with all the receipts in our possession. Here are some (hopefully) interesting thoughts and considerations we’ve come up with:

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