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Identification and Creation
Object Number
William Blake, British (London, England 1757 - 1827 London, England)
The Angel Michael Binding Satan ("He Cast him into the Bottomless Pit, and Shut him up")
Work Type
c. 1805
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on off-white wove paper
35.9 x 32.5 cm (14 1/8 x 12 13/16 in.)
Gift of W. A. White
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of W. A. White
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue of Books, Engravings, Water-colors & Sketches by William Blake, exh. cat., The Grolier Club (New York, 1905), p. 127, cat. no. 90e

Fogg Art Museum Handbook, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1936), ill. p. 112

Anthony Blunt, "Blake's Pictoral Imagination", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes (1943), Vol. 6, pp. 190-212, p. 199, repr. as pl. 56c

"Blake at 200", Time (December 23, 1957), p. 52, repr.

Search for Innocence: Primitive and Primitivistic Art of the 19th Century, exh. cat., University of Maryland (College Park, MD, 1975), pp. 75-77, cat. no .7, repr. p 77 as fig. 21

Corlette Rossiter Walker, William Blake in the Art of His Time, exh. cat., University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, 1976), p. 20, cat. no. 1, repr. cover and frontispiece

Martin Butlin, The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1981), no. 524, pl. 585

Jerry D. Meyer, "The Woman Clothed with the Sun: Two Illustrations to St. John's Revelation by William Blake", Studies in Iconography, Arizona State University (Tempe, 1988), Vol. 12, pp. 151-152, repr. p. 151 as fig. 3

Kathleen Campbell, "Mysticism, Science and Technology", Exposure, Society for Photographic Education (Dallas, TX, 1997), vol. 31 1/2, fig. 5, p. 7

Nancy Grubb, Revelations of the Apocalypse, Abbeville Press (New York, London, Paris, 1997), repr. p. 111 (color)

Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre, Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity, Duke University Press (Durham/London, 2001), repr. on cover (color)

Carl-Johan Malmberg, Stjärnan I Foten: dikt och bild bok och tanke hos William Blake, Wahlström & Widstrand (Stockholm, 2013), repr. in color on p. 350; p. 447

Kenneth Gross, "Blake and Bloom, a Memorial Note", Blake/ An Illustrated Quarterly (Winter 2019-2020), Vol. 53, no. 3, repr.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of the Works of William Blake, The Grolier Club, 01/26/1905 - 02/25/1905

Watercolors from the Fogg: An Historical Collection, St. Paul's School, Concord, 10/12/1971 - 11/20/1971

Search for Innocence: Primitive and Primitivistic Art of the 19th Century, University of Maryland Art Gallery, 10/29/1975 - 12/10/1975

William Blake in the Art of His Time, University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, 02/24/1976 - 03/28/1976

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