The six plates offered are as follows:
– Plate 21 The Decent of Man into the Vale of Death 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand
– Plate ?? The Soul Exploring the Recesses of the Grave 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand
– Plate 32, The Reunion of the Soul and Body
– Plate 12, Death of the Strong Wicked Man p.12 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand
– Plate 28, The Day of Judgement 1813 R.Ackermann 101 Strand
– Plate 32, Deaths Door
Rudolph Ackermann, the publisher was a carriage designer; publisher and lithographic printer being active in London from 1787.
The other three works appear to be watercolours, possibly over engravings, and are seemingly undated or signed but have real artistic merit. It is unclear if they are of the same period but the paper is good parchment paper.
William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. He invented a printing technique known as relief etching and used it to print most of his poetry. He called the technique illuminated printing and the poetry illuminated books.
A beautiful collection of Blake’s work and a prominent piece of wall art for these troubled times.