In the Songs of Experience, William Blake contrasted the ‘soft deceitful wiles’ of enmity and jealousy (A Poison Tree), and the ‘mind-forg’d manacles’ constraining the … Read more

Rebel Women of the Apocrypha

  What do the modern artist and the magus of antiquity have in common?  Obviously, there is a great change in technical skills etc., between … Read more


John Hamilton Mortimer, Caliban from Twelve Characters from Shakespeare, 1775, etching.   Inscription: CALIBAN.  Do not torment me prithee / I’ll bring my wood home … Read more

Portrait of Marino

Johann Friedrich Greuter, Portrait of Giambattista Marino, after Simon Vouet, 1630-40, engraving.   Inscription: Ioannes Baptista Marinus Eques/ Simon Vouet pinx. / Fed. Greuter incid. … Read more

Parmigianino’s goatherds

Lucas Vorsterman, Pastoral Scene, after Parmigianino, 1620s, engraving.   This engraving of a pastoral scene reproduces in reverse a carefully finished pen and ink drawing … Read more

Virgil’s Eclogues

William Faithorne, Tityrus and Meliboeus (Virgil’s First Eclogue), after Francis Cleyn, 1654, engraving.   Inscription: Tityre patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi, / Silvetrem tenui musam … Read more

Portrait of William Cowper

William Blake, Portrait of William Cowper, after George Romney, 1802, engraving.   Inscription: ‘From a Portrait in Crayons Drawn from the Life by Romney in … Read more

Portrait of William Blake

Luigi Schiavonetti, Portrait of William Blake, after Thomas Phillips, 1808, etching.   Inscription: ‘Painted by T. Phillips R. A. / Engraved by L Schiavonetti V … Read more