William Blake

Title-page for "Songs of Experience"

c. 1794
While Blake's title-page for the "Songs of Innocence" shows two children, a small boy and girl, reading a book at their mother's knee, in this corresponding title-page we see them arrived at the age of experience, and mourning the death of the parents whose guidance they have lost. In contrast to their mature figures slumped in grief over the corpses, their childish spirits gambol and fly amongst the typography, suggesting the former state of innocent joy.
Title
Title-page for "Songs of Experience"
Date
c. 1794
Medium
Print
Materials
relief etching in ochre, colour-printed on buff wove paper
Dimensions
18.6 x 12 cm; image: 12.4 x 7.1 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1923
Accession number
2971