A drawing from the series to illustrate Dante's 'Divine Comedy' depicting Dante accompanied by the Roman poet Virgil, who is dressed in blue, symbolising wisdom.
The Inscription over the Gate by William Blake, 18241827
- Chalk, pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
- 52.7 x 37.4 cm
- Acquired in:
- Linnell family
Few of the Dante drawings were completely finished, and only seven engraved, but the series is one of the biggest undertaken by Blake and the last legacy of his imagination.
Commissioned by the artist, John Linnell. Collection of John Linnell and heirs.