William Blake, Plate 33 from Jerusalem (copy 'A')

The British Museum, London

Date: Printed around 1820
Technique: Relief etching, uncoloured

This print shows the motif of The Nightmare being stretched and reinterpreted in the most radical and complex way. It is from the original ‘illuminated’ version of Blake’s poem Jerusalem. The lower scene shows the female figure of Jerusalem laying flat, with the ‘insane and most deform’d’ Spectre evoked by the text hovering over her.


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