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Newton, William Blake 1795/c.1805
Colour print finished in pen and ink and watercolour, 18 x 23 1/2"
London: Tate Britain
Blake also made use of the compasses in The Book of Thel and The Ancient of Days. Earlier use of compasses as a symbol for the act of creation can be found in medieval manuscripts and early Bibles. Also note Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia, and Astronomer. Further reference can be made to Anthony Blunt’s "Blake’s Ancient of Days: The Symbolism of the Compasses," Journal of the Warburg Institute, II (1938), 53 ff.
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