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Queen Katherine's Dream

Blake, William (draughtsman)

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Queen Katherine's Dream


Blake, William (draughtsman) [ULAN info: British artist, 1757-1827]







Technique Description

pen, grey wash, traces of graphite underdrawing, touched with colour paper


height: 399 mm
width: 314 mm




given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1911 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Painted for Thomas Butts (d. 1846); Thomas Butts, Jnr. (d. 1862); offered for sale at Sotheby's, 26 March 1852 (166), bt. by Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (d. 1869) (for £9); Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bart. (d. 1911); Dilke sale, Christie's, 10 April 1922 (127), bt. by Sydney Cockerell for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam (for 50 gns.)


  1. signature
    Position: lower left
    Content: W B inv
  2. date
    Position: lower right, following the above
    Content: 1807


  1. Gilchrist, Alexander (1863) Life of William Blake, [page: see below]
    [comments: I, p. 3, II, p. 209, cat. no. 72.]
  2. Gilchrist, Alexander (1880) Life of William Blake (2nd Edition),
  3. Gilchrist, Alexander (1907) Life of William Blake (3rd Edition),
  4. Russell, Archibald G. B. 'The Blake Centenary', [page: 261]
    Source title: Apollo (1927)
    [comments: Fig. VI.]
  5. Antal, F. (1956) Fuseli Studies, [page: 85, 116]
    [comments: N. 109, pl. 31a.]
  6. Merchant, William Moelwyn (1959) Shakespeare and the Artist, London?: Oxford University Press [page: 81 ff]
    [comments: Plate 33.]
  7. Merchant, William Moelwyn (Unknown; Apollo; 1966; Merchant), [page: 323-34]
    Source title: Apollo (1966)
    [comments: Plates mixed up.]
  8. Bindman, David (1970) William Blake: catalogue of the Blake collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): W. Heffer and Sons Ltd. [page: 27-8]
    [comments: Cat. no. 27, plate 15.]


grey wash (medium)
graphite (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

712 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 17503; Input Date: 2000-12-14 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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