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Jerusalem in Hamburg

Late last summer (1976) Colnaghi’s in London offered for sale Blake’s preparatory drawing for Jerusalem 51 (see pl. 4 and Butlin’s description in Blake Newsletter 25, Summer 1973, p. 7). This pencil study, which formerly belonged to the collection of David J. Black, Edinburgh, has found its new home in the print room of Hamburger Kunsthalle. With at least a copy of Young’s Night Thoughts containing Blake’s engravings, an incomplete set of Illustrations of the Book of Job, an almost complete set of the Blake Trust facsimiles (which to my knowledge is unique in a German library), a large selection of other Blake books, and this new acquisition of one of Blake’s most finished pencil drawings, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is showing signs of building a respectable Blake collection.

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