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The Robert N. Essick collection, one of the more important Blake collections still in private hands, is the result of careful but avid acquisition since 1969. Probably the largest collection, public or private, of Blake’s commercial book illustrations, the Essick holdings also include Blake drawings, paintings, pages from the Illuminated Books, separate prints, and works by and after Blake’s contemporaries (Flaxman, Fuseli and Stothard) and followers (Calvert, Linnell, Palmer and Richmond). This is the range of work included in the checklist; excluded are original prints by and after artists of the preceding generation (Barry, Mortimer, and Runciman), which form an important part of the Essick collection, and the approximately 800-volume library of critical books, sale and exhibition catalogues, facsimiles, editions of Blake’s writings, books by and about Blake’s associates, and other types of support material. This collection and that of the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery make Southern California a significant center for Blake scholarship.

I wish to thank Professor Essick for giving so freely of his knowledge about these works, particularly concerning the states of the engraved plates. The meticulous research he conducted when purchasing these items minimized the problems of compiling this checklist.


  1. The Making of Magna Charta. (Illus. 1) c. 1780. Watercolor. 13.2 × 17.9 cm.11 See David Bindman, “Blake’s ‘Gothicized Imagination’ and the History of England,” in William Blake: Essays in Honor of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, ed. Morton Paley and Michael Phillips (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973), pp. 29-49; catalogue entry by Janice Lyle in Corlette Walker, William Blake in the Art of his Time (Santa Barbara: University Art Galleries, 1976), p. 33.

  2. The Good Farmer. Early 1780s. Pencil, black ink, and grey wash. 32.5 × 46.5 cm. Pencil, black ink, and grey wash sketch of the same subject on verso, inscribed (not by Blake) “The Good Farmer giving His fields in famine.”

  3. Pestilence. (Illus. 2) c. 1784. Watercolor. 17.9 × 27.1 cm.

  4. Tiriel Departing from Har and Heva. (Illus. 3) c. 1788. Monochrome wash drawing. 18.2 × 27.3 cm.22 See Gerald Eades Bentley, Jr., ed., William Blake, Tiriel (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967); David Bindman argues for an earlier date “nearer the middle of the 1780s than the end” for the series of Tiriel designs in Blake as an Artist (Oxford: Phaidon, 1977), pp. 43-44.

  5. Lamech and His Two Wives. (Illus. 4) 1795. Color printed drawing. 38.5 × 48 cm.33 See catalogue entry by Nancy Smith in Walker, Art of his Time, p. 84.

  6. Sketch of standing male figure and two heads. (Illus. 5) After 1796. Pencil (head on right margin in red chalk). 19.8 × 16.5 cm. Inscribed “Blake inv. f.” probably not by Blake. On verso of proof of Frontispiece for Gottfried Bürger, Leonora, 1796 (see III, B440).

  7. Pencil sketch, probably by Blake, in upper right corner of Fuseli’s drawing of Michelangelo (see VII, Fuseli, A 1).

  8. Death Pursuing the Soul through the Avenues of Life (a rejected preliminary design for Robert Blair’s The Grave). (Illus. 6) 1805. Monochrome wash drawing. 24.6 × 11.5 cm.44 See Robert N. Essick, “A Preliminary Design for Blake’s Grave,” Blake Studies, 4 (Spring 1972), pp. 9-13.

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    1 The Making of Magna Charta.   c. 1780. Watercolor.
    2 Pestilence.   c. 1784. Watercolor.
    begin page 218 | back to top Pencil. 19.4 × 14.9 cm. From Blake-Varley Sketchbook with title inscription by Varley.55 See Martin Butlin, The Blake-Varley Sketchbook of 1819 in the Collection of M. D. E. Clayton-Stamm (London: Heinemann, 1969), Notebook p. 76.


Unless otherwise noted, plate numbers and copy designations follow G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books, Oxford, 1977.

  1. America, A Prophecy. Modern impression from extant fragment of cancelled plate a. Large etched white areas intentionally foul inked.66 For reproduction of copperplate and a different impression see John W. Wright, “Blake’s Relief-Etching Method,” Blake Newsletter 36 (Spring 1976), pp. 105, 109, 112.

  2. The Ghost of Abel. (Illus. 7) Plate 1 only. Copy E in G. E. Bentley, Jr., “A Supplement to Blake Books,” An Illustrated Quarterly 43 (Winter 1977-78).

  3. 3 Tiriel Departing from Har and Heva.   c. 1788. Monochrome wash drawing.
  4. Songs of Innocence and of Experience. “The Clod and the Pebble” only. (Illus. 8) From Copy T.

  5. There is No Natural Religion. Plates a3 (Copy G1) and a9 and b12 (Copy I) only.


Entry numbers are those used in G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books, Oxford, 1977, hereafter referred to as B. References to plates from the following volumes indicate plates designed and/or engraved by Blake only. Information on the states of the plates not in B is based on Roger R. Easson and Robert N. Essick, William Blake: Book Illustrator, Normal, Illinois, 1972 (volume I published; typescript of volumes II and III consulted). Plates listed individually are disbound and matted unless otherwise indicated.

B415 Allen, Charles. A New and Improved History of England. 1798.
Idem. Plates only.

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4 Lamech and His Two Wives.   1795. Color printed drawing.
[View this object in the William Blake Archive]

B416 —. A New and Improved Roman History. 1798. Original boards, uncut.
B417A Ariosto, Lodovico. Orlando Furioso. 5 vols. 1783.
B417B Idem. Second edition. 1785.
B417C Idem. 2 vols. 1791.
B417D Idem. 1799.
Idem. Three copies of plate only: two in first state (one printed on a large sheet), one in third state.
B420 The Royal Universal Family Bible. (Illus. 9) 1780-81 (i.e. 1782).
Idem. Plate 1 only. A later state, cut down; printed on paper watermarked 1803 and not known to have been published in this state.
B421A Illustrations of The Book of Job. Invented and Engraved by William Blake. 1825. Published proof impressions on laid India paper, original printed labels.
Idem. Plate 2, “Thus did Job continually”. Pre-publication proof. State c in Lawrence Binyon and Geoffrey Keynes, Illustrations of the Book of Job by William Blake, New York, 1935. Inscribed in pencil lower left “Trial Proof. Linnell Collection.”
Plate 3, “When the Almighty was yet with me”. Pre-publication proof. State b in Binyon and Keynes.

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5 Sketch of a standing male figure and two heads.   After 1796. Pencil and red chalk.
6 Death Pursuing the Soul through the Avenues of Life.   1805. Monochrome wash drawing.
[View this object in the William Blake Archive]

Plate 12, “With Dreams upon my bed”. Pre-publication proof. State e in Binyon and Keynes.
B435A Blair, Robert. The Grave. 1808 folio.
B435B Idem. Quarto. Original boards, presentation inscription Cromek to Phillips dated 15 July 1808.
B435D Idem. 1813 quarto.
B435E Idem. 1813 (i.e. 1870) folio. Publisher’s binding.
Idem. Complete plates loose in portfolio as issued, 1870.
B435F Idem. New York. 1847. Plates re-engraved by A. L. Dick.
B435J Idem. Complete plates in portfolio as issued 1926.
Idem. Plate 3. Proof lacking letters.
Plate 4. Proof lacking letters.
Plate 5. First state.
Plate 10. Proof lacking letters except signatures.

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7 The Ghost of Abel, plate 1 only.  

Plate 11. Proof before plate was cut down with imprint dated 1 Feb. 1806.
Death Pursuing the Soul through the Avenues of Life. Rejected preliminary drawing (see I, 8).
B437 Boydell’s . . . Shakespeare. 1803?
B438 Plate only from Brown, John. The Elements of Medicine. 1795.
B439A Bryant, Jacob. A New System, or an Analysis of Ancient Mythology. 3 vols. 1774-76.
B439B Idem. Second edition. 1775.
B440 Bürger, Gottfried. Leonora. 1796. Frontispiece disbound, matted.
Idem. (Illus. 10) Frontispiece only. Proof lacking finished work in design, trimmed to design. Sketches by Blake on verso (see I, #6).
B441 Catullus. The Poems of Caius Valerius Catullus. 2 vols. 1795.
B442 Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Poetical Works of Geoff. Chaucer. 14 vols. 1782 (i.e. 1783).
B446A Cumberland, George. Outlines from the Ancients. 1829.
B446B Idem. Variant issue.
B447 —. Thoughts on Outline. 1796. Original boards, uncut.
B448B Dante Alighieri. Blake’s Illustrations of Dante. 1892? Original printed label.
B450A Darwin, Erasmus. The Botanic Garden. 1791. With first edition of Part I.
B450B Idem. With second edition of Part I.
B450C Idem. Third edition. 1795.
B450D Idem. Fourth edition. 1799.
B450E —. The Poetical Works of Erasmus Darwin. 3 vols. 1806.
Idem. Plates 1, 3 and 4 as appearing in first three editions.
Plate 6. Proof lacking finished work in design and letters except signatures.
B452A Emlyn, Henry. A Proposition for a New Order in Architecture. 1781.
Idem. Third edition. 1797.
B453C Enfield, William. The Speaker. A new edition. 1785.
B456A Flaxman, John. Compositions from . . . Hesiod. 1817. Two copies.
B456B Idem. 1870. Two copies: one the separate issue in publisher’s binding, one the composite issue (see B page 563).
B457A —. The Iliad of Homer. 1805. Two copies, one in original boards.
B457B Idem. 1870. Composite issue only (see B page 563).
Idem. Plate 2 from first edition.
Sketch for plate 2 (see VII, Flaxman, A).
B459 Fuseli, John Henry. Lectures on Painting. 1801. Original boards, uncut.
Idem. Plate only. Proof before letters except signature.
Sketch for plate (see VII, Fuseli, A 1).
B460A Gay, John. Fables. 2 vols. 1793.
B460B Idem. 1793 (i.e. 1811).
Idem. Plates 1, 2, 4, 7-9, 11, 12 only.
B461 Gough, Richard. Sepulchral Monuments in Great Britain. Part I, Vol. I. 1786.
B462 Plates only from Grego, Joseph. Mrs. Q— and Windsor Castle. 1906. (See IV, B 9).

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8 Songs of Innocence and of Experience, “The Clod and The Pebble” only.  
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7 See C. Heppner’s essay on Blake’s engraving in this book, forthcoming in Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly.

B464A Hartley, David. Observations on Man. 1791.
B465 Hayley, William. Ballads. 1805. Two copies: one in boards, uncut, with first state of plates; other with second state of plates 1-3.
Idem. Plates 1-4 only. First states.
B466 —. Designs to A Series of Ballads. 1802. Front matter and first ballad only.
Idem. Plate 1 only.
B467 —. An Essay on Sculpture. 1800.
B468A —. The Life . . . of Cowper. 3 vols. 1803-4.
B468B Idem. Second edition. 1803.
Idem. Plates 1, 2, 4-6 from first edition only.
B469 —. The Life of George Romney. 1809.
B471A —. The Triumphs of Temper. Twelfth edition. 1803. Large paper copy; original boards, uncut and partly unopened.
B471B Idem. Thirteenth edition. 1807. Presentation inscription from Maria Flaxman to Maria Tulk dated 12 May 1811.
B472 Henry, Thomas. Memoirs of Albert de Haller, M. D. 1783.
B473 Hoare, Prince. Academic Correspondence. 1803.
B474 —. An Inquiry into the . . . Arts of Design in England. 1806. Original boards, uncut.
B475 Blake’s plate only from Hogarth, William. The Original Works. (See IV, B 1).
B476A Hunter, John. An Historical Journal. 1793 quarto.
B476B Idem. Octavo.
B477E Josephus, Flavius. The Whole Genuine and Complete Works of Flavius Josephus. 1800?
B478 Plates 1 and 3 only from Kimpton, Edward. A New and Complete Universal History of the Holy Bible. 1781?
B480A Lavater, John Caspar. Aphorisms on Man. Trans. by J. H. Fuseli. 1788.
B480B Idem. Second edition. 1789.
B480C Idem. Third edition. 1794. Second state of plate.
Idem. Plate only. First state.
Sketch for plate (see VII, Fuseli, A 2).
B481A —. Essays on Physiognomy. 3 vols. bound in 5. 1789-98.
B481C Idem. 1810.
Idem. Plates 1 and 3 only.
B482 Malkin, Benjamin Heath. A Father’s Memoirs of His Child. 1806. Original boards, uncut.
Idem. Plate only.
B483 Plate only from The Monthly Magazine. Vol. IV, no. xxiii (October 1797).
B484 Plates 3-5, 7 and 8 only from Mora, Jose Joaquin de. Meditaciones Poeticas. 1826.
Nicholson, William. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy. 2 vols. London. 1782.7
B485A The Novelist’s Magazine. Vol. VIII. 1782. With engraved titlepage 1782; first state of the plates.

9 From The Royal Universal Family Bible.   1780-81. Plate 1.
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10 Leonora.   Frontispiece only.
11 Joseph of Arimathea among the Rocks of Albion.   Second state.

B485C Idem. 1792. With engraved titlepage 1792; second state of the plates.
B486A The Novelist’s Magazine. Vol. IX. 1782. With engraved titlepages of 1782 (Sentimental Journey, Gulliver’s Travels, David Simple, and Sir Launcelot Greaves); first state of the plates.
B486C Idem. 1793. With engraved titlepages of 1785 (Sentimental Journey), 1792 (Gulliver’s Travels), 1792 (David Simple), 1792 (Sir Launcelot Greaves), 1792 (Peruvian Princess), 1793 (Jonathan Wild); second state of the plates.
Idem. Plate 2 first state and plate 3 second state only.
B487A The Novelist’s Magazine. Vol. X-XI. 1783. With engraved titlepage 1783; first state of the plates.
B487B Idem. 1785. With engraved titlepage 1785; second state of the plates.

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B488 Olivier, J. Fencing Familiarized. 1780.
B489 Rees, Abraham. The Cyclopaedia. Complete in 39 vols. plus 6 vols. of plates. 1820.
Idem. Plates 1-3, 5 and 7 only.
B490A Remember Me! 1825. In Blake Books Binding no. 7.
Idem. Plate only.
B491 Ritson, Joseph, ed. A Select Collection of English Songs. 3 vols. 1783.
Idem. Plate 2, printed on a card, only.
B492A Salzmann, C. G. Elements of Morality. 3 vols. 1791. First state of the plates.
B492B Idem. Third edition. 1792. Second state of the plates.
B492C Idem. Fourth edition. 1799. Third state of the plates, handcolored.
B492E Idem. 2 vols. 1815? Third state of the plates.
Idem. Plates inscribed nos. 33-47, 49-50, second state.
Plates inscribed nos. 30-50, third state.
B493 —. Gymnastics for Youth. 1800.
Idem. Plates only.
B494A Scott, John. The Poetical Works of John Scott. 1782.
B494B Idem. Second edition. 1786.
B497A Shakespeare, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. 9 vols. 1802 (i.e. 1803).
B498B —. The Plays of William Shakespeare. 10 vols. 1805. Lacking volume 10.
B498C Idem. 9 vols. 1805.
B499A Stedman, J. G. Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition. 2 vols. 1796.
B499B Idem. Second edition. 1806.
B499C Idem. 1813. Plates handcolored.
Idem. Plates 1, 3, 5-7, 13-15 only.
B500 Stuart, James and Nicholas Revett. The Antiquities of Athens. Vol. III. 1794.
B501 Varley, John. A Treatise on Zodiacal Physiognomy. 1828.
B503 Vetusta Monumenta. 1789?
B504 Virgil. The Pastorals of Virgil. Third edition in 2 vols. 1821.
Idem. Plates 1-25 only.
Plate 7 as printed in The Athenaeum, 21 Jan. 1843.
B512C Whitaker, John. The Seraph, A Collection of Sacred Music. 2 vols. 1825-8?
B513 The Wit’s Magazine. Vol. I. 1784. January-May issues individually sewn. January issue with plate 1; other issues lacking plates.
Idem. Plates 1-5 only.
B514A Wollstonecraft, Mary. Original Stories. 1791. Second state of plates 1 and 2; first state of plates 3-6.
B514B Idem. Plates only from second edition. 1796. Bound in a folder; third state of plates 1 and 2, second state of plates 3-6.
B515 Young, Edward. The Complaint, and the Consolation; or Night Thoughts. 1797. Two copies: one uncut with the two-page Explanation of the Engravings and impressions of plates 5 and 25 before imprints; other disbound and mounted, lacking explanation leaf.


Information concerning the states of the separate plates is based on Geoffrey Keynes, Engravings by William Blake The Separate Plates, Dublin, 1956, hereafter referred to as K.


  1. Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims. K XVII. Fifth state.

  2. Christ Trampling Upon Urizen. K XII.

  3. Joseph of Arimathea among the Rocks of Albion. (Illus. 11) K I. Second state; probably posthumous impression on mid-nineteenth century paper. Copy J in G. E. Bentley, Jr., “A Supplement to Blake Books,” Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly 43 (Winter 1977-78).


  1. Beggar’s Opera, Act III, after Hogarth. K XXXII. Six copies: first state, second state, third state, fourth state (Boydell impression, Heath impression, modern restrike).

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    12 Evening Amusement, engraved by Blake after Watteau.   Printed in terracotta.
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  3. Calisto, after Stothard. K XXVIII. Imprint cropped.

  4. Earl Spencer, after Phillips. K XXXVIII. Proof before letters. Inscribed in pencil “Blake sculpt.” “unpublished”.

  5. Evening Amusement, after Watteau. (Illus. 12) K XXIV. Printed in terracotta.

  6. The Idle Laundress, after Morland. K XXXI. Printed in brown. Inscriptions cropped, state unidentifiable.

  7. The Industrious Cottager, after Morland. K XXX. Printed in brown. Inscriptions cropped, state unidentifiable.

  8. James Upton, by Blake and Linnell after Linnell. K XLI. Two copies: one unfinished proof with pencil inscriptions probably by Linnell; other finished plate.88 For reproduction and discussion see Robert N. Essick, “Blake, Linnell, & James Upton: An Engraving Brought to Light,” Blake Newsletter 7 (Spring 1974), pp. 76-79.

  9. John Caspar Lavater, after an unknown artist. K XXXVII. Second state.

  10. Mrs. Q, after Villiers. K XLII. Printed in colors. Two copies: one an early impression; the other from Joseph Grego, Mrs. Q— and Windsor Castle, 1906.

  11. Venus Dissuades Adonis From Hunting, after Cosway. K XXIX. Printed in colors with additional handtinting. Inscriptions cropped, state unidentifiable but probably second.

  12. Wilson Lowry, by Blake and Linnell after Linnell. K XLIV. Fourth state.

  13. Zephyrus and Flora, after Stothard. K XXVII. Printed in black.


  1. Monochrome wash drawing. (Illus. 13) Possibly by Linnell. Oval, 24.4 × 20.2 cm.99 See discussion in Martin Butlin, “A New Portrait of William Blake,” Blake Studies 7, no. 2, pp. 101-03.

  2. Engraving. Schiavonetti after Phillips. From 1808 folio of Blair’s The Grave. Published proof on laid India paper.

  3. Engraving. Schiavonetti after Phillips. From Jose de Mora, Meditaciones Poeticas, 1826. (See also III, B435A-F).


  1. Letter from William Etty to Thomas Campbell. 25 March 1830. Contains a description of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s kindness to Blake.1010 See Robert N. Essick, “William Blake and Sir Thomas Lawrence,” forthcoming in Notes and Queries.

  2. Six letters from H. P. Horne to H. H. Gilchrist. 1886-87. Contain minor references to Blake and Richmond.

  3. Manuscript of Graham Robertson’s “Catalogue of Works by William Blake” in two bound notebooks. Published as The Blake Collection of W. Graham Robertson, ed. Kerrison Preston, London, 1952.

  4. Notebook inscribed on cover (by Kerrison Preston?) “Graham Robertson’s rough Notes on Blake’s Books and Drawings etc.”

  5. Typescript with manuscript notes of “The W. Graham Robertson Collection of works by William Blake. Second draft of Catalogue, 1942”. Bound in a notebook with presentation inscription from Ruthven Todd to W. Graham Robertson, 14 July 1942.

  6. Millboard block made by W. Graham Robertson after Blake’s design for plate 3 of The Book of Urizen. Inscribed in pencil “Orc or ‘Flames of Desire’” “Block from which 12 impressions have been taken”.

  7. Impression from W. Graham Robertson’s millboard block. Inscribed in pencil “First impression from Block Local colours to be added by further printings”.



A. Drawings

Preliminary sketch for Minerva Repressing the Fury of Achilles, plate 2 from The Iliad. (Illus. 14) c. 1805. Pen and pencil. 10 × 15.4 cm.

B. Engravings of Classical Compositions

Entry numbers follow G. E. Bentley, Jr., The Early Engravings of Flaxman’s Classical Designs, New York, 1964, hereafter referred to as BF.


BF4 The Odyssey of Homer. London. 1805. Two copies, one in original boards.
BF10 Oeuvres de John Flaxman. Paris. n.d. Variant from description in BF.

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13 Portrait of Blake, possibly by Linnell.   Monochrome wash drawing.
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14 Minerva Repressing the Fury of Achilles.   John Flaxman. c. 1805. Pen and pencil.

BF12 The Classical Compositions of John Flaxman. London. 1870.
Composizioni[e] de Giovanni Flaxman scultore[e] inglese tratte dall’ Odissea di Omero. n.p. n.d. Not in BF.


BF2 The Iliad of Homer. London. 1795.
BF6 The Iliad of Homer. London. 1805. Two copies, one in original boards.
BF11 See Odyssey, BF10.
BF12 See Odyssey, BF12.
Disegni d’invenzione dello scultore inglese Giovanni Flaxman sulla Illiade di Omero. n.p. n.d. Not in BF.


BF1 Compositions from the Tragedies of Aeschylus. London. 1795.
BF5 Compositions d’apres les tragedies d’Eschile. Paris. 1803. Variant lacking imprint, bound with Odyssey, BF10.
BF7 Compositions from the Tragedies of Aeschylus. London. 1831.
BF8 See Odyssey, BF12.


BF1 La Divina Comedia . . . Composto di Giovanni Flaxman. Rome. 1793. Complete proof copy with pen inscriptions by Mrs. Flaxman and minor pencil additions in the designs probably by John Flaxman. Manuscript label on cover reads: “First proofs before printing (titles written by Mrs. Flaxman) The frontispiece of Purgatorio p. 72 signed by Flaxman for the Printer The plates were lost on the Voyage home and again engraved in England for the Edition now in common use”.
BF5 Compositions by John Flaxman . . . from the Divine Poem of Dante. London. 1807.
BF8 Illustrations . . . of Dante Aligheri by John Flaxman. London. 1867.


BF1 Compositions from . . . Hesiod. (See III, 5,6 B456).

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15 A Shepherd with his Family.   John Linnell. c. 1840. Oil on board.

BF4 See Odyssey, BF10.


A. Drawings

  1. Sketch for Blake’s plate in Fuseli’s Lectures on Painting (see III, B459). c. 1801. Pen and pencil. 22.4 × 18.7 cm. Inscribed “Mich. Angelo by Fuseli original Drawing had From Wm Blake”. Pencil sketch of Michelangelo’s legs and right arm, probably by Blake, upper right corner. Unrelated pen and pencil sketches on verso.1111 For reproduction and discussion see Ruthven Todd, “Two Blake Prints and Two Fuseli Drawings,” Blake Newsletter 5 (Winter 1971-72), pp. 173-81.

  2. Sketch for Blake’s plate in Lavater’s Aphorisms on Man (see III, B480). c. 1788. Pen. 22.5 × 18.1 cm. Sketch of two heads (possibly of Lavater) on left margin. Unrelated pen sketch on verso. Inscribed on verso “Given by W. Blake to John Linnell[.] by Fuseli”. See endnote 11.

B. Book Illustrations

  1. Cowper, William. Poems. 2 vols. London: J. Johnson. 1806.

  2. Fuseli, John Henry. Lectures on Painting. London: Cadell and Davies. 1820.

  3. Gray, Thomas. The Poems of Gray. London: T. Bensley. 1800.

  4. Milton, John. Paradise Lost. London: J. Johnson. 1808.

  5. —. The Poetical Works of John Milton. London: H. G. Bohn. 1852.

  6. Shakespeare, William. Collection of Prints from . . . the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. 2 vols. London: Boydell. 1803.

  7. Sotheby, William. Oberon, a poem. 2 vols. London: W. Bulmer and Co. 1805.

  8. Thomson, James. The Seasons. London: T. Bensley. 1802.

  9. Winkelmann, Abbé. Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks. Trans. by J. H. Fuseli. London: A. Millar. 1765.

(See also III, B415, B416, B437, B450, B459, B480, B481, B497 and B498.)

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C. Separate Engravings After Fuseli

  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 Scene 1, engraved Rhodes. 1794.

  2. Belisane & Parcival Under the Enchantment of Urma, engraved Smith. 1782.

  3. The Death of Cardinal Beaufort, engraved Rogers. n.d.

  4. Eros & Dione, engraved Houghton. 1803.

  5. King Arthur’s Dream, engraved Thomson. 1797. Title cropped.

  6. Macbeth Act 1 Scene 3, engraved Bromley. 1817.

  7. The Night Mare, engraved Burke. 1802. Handcolored.

  8. The Night Mare, engraved Raddon. 1827.

  9. Queen Katherine’s Dream, engraved Bartolozzi. 1788.

  10. Titania and Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, engraved Tomkins. 1787. Two impressions, one color printed.

  11. Unidentified subject, engraved Benedetti. n.d.

  12. The Weird Sisters, engraved Smith. 1785.

  13. The Witches, engraved Tomkins. n.d.


The engravings after Stothard’s designs in eighteenth century books and magazines, as well as the large published proof of Pilgrimage to Canterbury, form a substantial collection within the Essick holdings. Because these engravings are so numerous, they will not be listed here.


  1. Pen drawing. 2.5 × 4.9 cm. Inscribed “She fell to the ground” on the mount. This and the following probably intended for a calendar.

  2. Pen drawing. 2.4 × 4.7 cm. Inscribed “She wept in wild despair” on the mount.

  3. Four monochrome wash drawings for funeral monuments. All approx. 8 × 10 cm. Inscribed “T Stothard” not in the artist’s hand.


Entry numbers and information on the states of the plates follow Raymond Lister, Edward Calvert, London, 1962, hereafter referred to as LC.

Prints by Calvert

LC2 The Bacchante, wood engraving by Welby Sherman after Calvert’s design.
LC6C-8C, 9B, 12C, 13C, 14B, 15B The Ploughman; The Cider Feast; The Bride; The Sheep of his Pasture; The Brook; The Lady with the Rooks; The Return Home; The Chamber Idyll as published in A Memoir of Edward Calvert, Artist by his Third Son, 1893.
LC10 The Flood, apparently one of the five remainder impressions not used in the Carfax portfolio, 1904 (see LC page 103).
LC11 Ideal Pastoral Life, from the Carfax portfolio, 1904.


A. Drawings and Paintings

  1. A Shepherd with his Family. (Illus. 15) c. 1840. Oil on board. 26.7 × 35.2 cm. Signed “J Linnell”.

  2. Sketch of a faun. 1809. Pencil and chalk. 70 × 50.5 cm. Inscribed “John Linnell for permission to study as probationer, 1809”.

  3. Sketch of a man’s hand. c. 1807-10. Pencil and chalk. 31 × 44.3 cm. Inscribed “John Linnell for the Life”.

  4. Sketch of figures by a river bank. Pen and pencil. 13.5 × 18.2 cm. Inscribed “Painted for W. Collard Size 24 × 18 inches”.

  5. Sketch of two men in a field. Pencil and wash. 9.5 × 13.8 cm.

B. Engravings by Linnell.

  1. Blencowe, portrait of. 1841.

  2. John Martin, the large plate. 1813. Two impressions with variations in title inscription.

  3. John Martin, the small plate. 1817.

  4. Jos. Strutt. 1842.

  5. The Journey to Emmaus. 1839.

  6. Robert Gooch, portrait of. 1831. Inscribed in pencil “Proof before letters. J-L.”

  7. Portrait of a Gentleman, mezzotint. No inscriptions, probably by Linnell.

  8. The Rev. Joseph Hallet Batten. 1838.

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    17 Prospero.   George Richmond. Inscribed in pencil “Prosporo”.
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  10. The Rev. Rowland Hill. 1827. Two impressions, one an unfinished proof lacking letters with pencil inscriptions probably by Linnell.

  11. The Rt. Hon. Thos. Spring Rice. 1836.

  12. Sheep at Noon. 1818.

  13. Thomas Norris. 1837.

(See also III, B501 and IV, B 7, 11).


States of the plates are identified according to Raymond Lister, Samuel Palmer and his Etchings, London, 1969, hereafter referred to as LP.

Prints by Palmer

LP1 The Willow. State ii as published in A. H. Palmer, The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer, 1892.
LP2 The Skylark. State vii.
LP3 The Herdsman’s Cottage or Sunset. State ii.
LP4 Christmas or Folding the Last Sheep. State iv as published in A. H. Palmer, Samuel Palmer A Memoir, 1882.
LP5 The Vine or Plumpy Bacchus. State iv, large paper issue.
LP6 The Sleeping Shepherd; Éarly Morning. State iv.
LP7 The Rising Moon or An English Pastoral. Between states vi and vii, with changes in the design as in state vii but before additional inscriptions.
LP8 The Weary Ploughman or The Herdsman or Tardus Bubulcus. State viii.
LP9 The Early Ploughman or The Morning Spread Upon the Mountains. State viii?
LP10 The Morning of Life. State vii.
LP11 The Bellman. State vii.
LP12 The Lonely Tower. State iv.
LP13-17 Opening the Fold or Early Morning; The Homeward Star; The Cypress Grove; The Sepulchre; Moeris and Galatea as published with inscribed verses in Samuel Palmer, An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil, 1883.
Harvest under a Waning Moon, woodcut. No. 9 of 50 printed January 1932.
The Shepherd, engraved by Welby Sherman after Palmer. (Illus. 16)


For catalogue of Richmond’s prints see Campbell Dodgson, “The Engravings of George Richmond, R.A. and Welby Sherman,” Print Collector’s Quarterly, 17 (October 1930), 352-62.

A. Drawings

  1. Drawing of Prospero. (Illus. 17) Pen. 33.3 × 22 cm. Inscribed in pencil “Prosporo”.

  2. Drawing of a sleeping shepherd with his dog. Pen. 13.5 × 22 cm.

  3. Sketch of a man’s hand. Pencil. 15.5 × 10.8 cm. Inscribed “Angelo”.

  4. Profile of a man’s head with small pencil sketch of girl’s face. Red chalk. 20.5 × 16.2 cm.

B. Prints by Richmond

  1. The Shepherd. Second state. Inscribed in pencil “Geo Richmond R. A. designed & engraved 1827.”

  2. Subject from Macbeth or The Fatal Bellman.

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