William Blake

London

c. 1794
This political poem is one of Blake's most outspoken protests against the evil effects of industrial civilization on the life of the individual. He cites the plight of the little chimney sweep, seen leading an old man through the streets and warming himself by a fire, to denounce the social injustices encountered daily in London.
Title
London
Date
c. 1794
Medium
Print
Materials
relief etching in light-blue-green, colour-printed on buff wove paper
Dimensions
19.2 x 12.7 cm; image: 11.1 x 6.9 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1923
Accession number
2975