begin page 114 | back to top

WILLIAM BLAKE
in the collection of the national gallery of victoria

begin page 115 | back to top

WILLIAM BLAKE
IN THE COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
EXHIBITION, BOOK AND SYMPOSIUM

Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria
14 September-19 November 1989

Presented as part of Melbourne Spoleto Festival

The National Gallery of Victoria houses one of the world’s finest collections of art by William Blake (1757-1827), the British artist, poet and mystic. In a dramatic new display in the Robert Raynor Gallery, this major exhibition will show the N.G.V.’s Blake collection in its entirety, including the Dante and Milton watercolours, hand-coloured relief prints (Europe, Urizen and Jerusalem), Virgil wood-engravings, Job engravings, and illustrated books.

Highlights include the unveiling of the Gallery’s two superb new Blake acquisitions, Copy X of the Songs of Innocence watercoloured by Blake, and a hand-coloured volume of his engravings illustrating Edward Young’s Night Thoughts. This exhibition is sponsored by McPHERSON’S LIMITED

Admission and Hours

Entry to the exhibition is free, but normal Gallery admission will apply.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Sunday, inclusive, 10.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.

New Book, William Blake in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria

Robert Raynor Publication in Prints and Drawings, Number 3

By Martin Butlin and Ted Gott, with an Introduction by Irena Zdanowicz.

A comprehensive catalogue of the exceptional Blake holdings of the National Gallery of Victoria. Lavishly illustrated with complete colour reproduction of the Gallery’s Blake watercolours, relief etchings and the Songs of Innocence illuminated prints. Dozens of other plates illustrate the National Gallery of Victoria’s full collection of Blake’s prints for the first time.

An appendix reproduces the Gallery’s most recent purchase, a hand-coloured volume of Blake’s engravings for Night Thoughts. Essays by Martin Butlin and Ted Gott analyse Blake’s printmaking career and offer a new study of the Dante watercolours.

To be published in September 1989 by the National Gallery of Victoria. For orders, contact: The Gallery Shop.

Blake in Melbourne
An International Symposium
Dates: 16-17 September 1989

A weekend Symposium at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. International Blake scholars Martin Butlin (Keeper, Historic British Collection, Tate Gallery, London) and David Bindman (Professor of the History of Art, University of London) will join Australian speakers in a celebration of Blake’s life and art.

We wish to thank the British Council, The Ian Potter Foundation and the National Gallery of Victoria Business Council for their funding of this Symposium.

The programme:

Saturday 16 September 1989

Place: Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria

10.30 a.m. The Melbourne Blakes–Their Acquisition and Critical Heritage in Australia
Irena Zdanowicz, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, N.G.V.
11.45 a.m. Outlines & Contours–Blake and the Neoclassical Tradition
Peter Tomory, Professor Emeritus, Art History, Latrobe University
12.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. Songs of Innocence–The Experience of Copy X
Ted Gott, Research Associate, Department of Prints and Drawings, N.G.V.
2.45 p.m. Blake and the Book of Job
David Bindman, Professor of the History of Art, University of London.

Sunday 17 September 1989

Place: School of Music Lecture Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts

10.30 a.m. Melbourne’s Recent Purchase–A Coloured Copy of Blake’s Night Thoughts
Michael Tolley, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, University of Adelaide
11.45 a.m. Blake’s Prophetic Books
Peter Otto, Lecturer in English, University of Melbourne.
12.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. Innocence Regained–Blake’s Illustrations to Dante
Martin Butlin, Keeper, Historic British Collection, Tate Gallery, London
2.45 p.m. Cleaning Melbourne’s Blake Watercolours– Methods and Analysis
Anne Cotter-Ross, Paper Conservator, N.G.V.
Cost $50 ($25 students) for the entire weekend symposium, including lunch each day, and morning and afternoon tea. Enrolments limited to 140.

Print Edition

  • Publisher
  • Department of English, University of Rochester
  • Rochester, NY, USA
    • Editors
    • Morris Eaves
    • Morton D. Paley
    • Manging Editor
    • Patricia Neill
    • Bibliographer
    • Detlef W. Dörrbecker
    • Review Editor
    • Nelson Hilton
    • Associate Editor for Great Britain
    • David Worrall
    • Contributors
    • Rodney M. Baine
    • Martin Bidney
    • Martin Butlin
    • V.A. De Luca
    • Alexander S. Gourlay
    • Michael Grenfell
    • Desmond King-Hele
    • Paul Mann
    • Anne K. Mellor
    • Dena Bain Taylor
    • Joseph Viscomi
    • David Worrall

    Digital Edition

    • Editors:
    • Morris Eaves, University of Rochester
    • Robert Essick, University of California, Riverside
    • Joseph Viscomi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Managing Editor
    • Joe Fletcher
    • Assistant Editor Editor
    • Michael Fox
    • Previous Project Manager and Technical Editor
    • William Shaw
    • Adam McCune
    • Managing Editor Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly
    • Sarah Jones
    • Project Director and Assistant Project Manager
    • Grant Glass
    • Project Coordinator, University of Rochester:
    • Eric Loy
    • Scanning:
    • UNC Digital Production Center
    • XML Encoding:
    • Apex CoVantage
    • Additional Transcription:
    • Adam McCune
    • Jennifer Park
    • Emendations:
    • Rachael Isom
    • Mary Learner
    • Adam McCune
    • Ashley Reed
    • Jennifer Park
    • Scott Robinson
    • XSLT Development:
    • Adam McCune
    • Joseph Ryan
    • William Shaw
    • PHP and Solr Development:
    • Michael Fox
    • Adam McCune
    • Project Assistants:
    • Lauren Cameron,
    • Rachael Isom,
    • Mary Learner,
    • Jennifer Park,
    • Ashley Reed,
    • Adair Rispoli,
    • Scott Robinson
    • Sponsors
    • Funders
    • Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly
    • William Blake Archive
    • Carolina Digital Library and Archives
    • Use Restrictions
    • Copyright © 2019 Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, all rights reserved. Items in this digital edition may be shared in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law. Redistribution or republication on other terms, in any medium, requires express written consent from the editors and advance notification of the publisher. Permission to reproduce the graphic images in this digital edition rests with the owning institutions.