The Blake Archive recently published “The Phoenix to Mrs. Butts,” and it occurs to me that this post deserves the title “The Phoenix to Mr. Getty,” since it concerns an exhibition that has been longer in the making than anyone could have anticipated. Next month, the Getty Center in Los Angeles will unveil William Blake: Visionary, postponed from 2020, when it was scheduled after the show at Tate Britain.Continue reading
The cover of our spring 2023 issue (vol. 56, no. 4) features a map of Australia, with the states and largest territory represented by details of works by Blake. The puzzle is to discover the link between the image and the state/territory in each case.Continue reading
During my archive work this past fall, I was asked to markup Copies D and L of Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793). At the time, I had also recently reread Visions for other research, and it lead contemplating about what Blake attempted to convey through only illustration.Continue reading
I’m lucky enough to have some hidden skills in Adobe Photoshop, and they’ve become quite useful every now and again on the Blake Archive. Photos of manuscripts, though high resolution, still present visual challenges when it comes to identifying near-invisible features like erasures, corrections, and other odd quirks. And while we’re trained to be extremely observant and thorough when analyzing a manuscript, the magic of image-processing software can give us an advantage.Continue reading
My name is Esther and I’m an undergraduate student working for the William Blake Archive. I joined in January of this year. At first, I was working on the transcription for bb35.1.1 and bb35.1.2 of The Everlasting Gospel. After it was decided that the transcription didn’t have a place on the website right now, I transferred over to helping maintain the site’s collection lists.Continue reading
On Friday, October 29th, from 2-4pm, the University of Rochester held its annual Undergraduate Research Fair.
For a little seasonal fun, myself and a couple of friends took some time to carve pumpkins! Admittedly, it had been quite a while since I took up such a task. And “pumpkin” isn’t exactly my medium of choice. I was a studio art major in undergrad and as a painter by trade, I avoided sculpture classes like the plague. Despite all this, I am not one to back down from a crafting challenge, which ensured that I took on a far too ambitious project. Particularly considering that said pumpkin will (and is) deteriorating as I write.Continue reading