Job's Evil Dreams

William Blake, Job’s Evil Dreams, 1805. Watercolor.

This painting is from the first of three sets of watercolors on the Book of Job.

Blake's illuminated books were unusual at the time. Each page was first separately printed in outline and shading.  Each page might consist of a picture alone, a page of text alone, or more often than not, a text marginally decorated or a design combined with a certain number of lines of text.

Each page was then colored in watercolor, bound and sold for prices ranging from a few shillings to ten guineas. Blake and his wife served as the printer, illustrator, publisher and bookseller.

William Blake, Job’s Evil Dreams. Watercolor, 1805.

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