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May 22, 2014

Publication Announcement – Works related to Blake’s illustrations to Robert Blair’s The Grave

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 1:31 pm

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of the following works related to Blake’s development of his illustrations to Robert Blair’s The Grave:


May 21, 2014

A Transcription Puzzle: “then She bore Pale desire”, Part 2

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 11:41 am

The other week, I posted an entry concerning my transcription of a set of manuscript pages beginning “then She bore Pale desire”. At the bottom of one of the pages, what seems to be an abbreviation is written in pencil marks that have either faded over time or were initially written with a series of light strokes. Here’s the image again:

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May 14, 2014

Blake’s “Catalogue” and Descriptive Criticism

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — mwils31 @ 12:00 pm

By Megan Wilson

Blake’s A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures is much more than a simple description of the paintings Blake had for sale in London, 1809. The first evidence is the prologue where Blake, or as he calls himself “Mr. B,” defends his methods of art against the likes of Titian, Correggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt. Despite his hostile tone, the prologue is an acceptable place for such a defense, and the reader may allow the commentary without taking much exception to it. (more…)

May 8, 2014

A Transcription Puzzle: “then She bore Pale desire”, Part 1

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 11:00 am

I am currently in the process of transcribing some of Blake’s manuscript material beginning “then She bore Pale desire” and have run into some difficulty. At the bottom of object 5, Blake adds additional text in a rough hand using pencil. (The majority of the object is covered in brown ink.) I can read the text at the bottom right (which is an addition, the placement of which is indicated by a line). However, there is also what appears to be an abbreviation at the bottom left. I cannot make it out with certainty, and it is not connected to the rest of the text (in any obvious way, at least). (more…)

April 30, 2014

Frankenstein’s Proofing Form

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 12:00 am

By Margaret Speer In my January 15th 2014 blog post, I mentioned that a goal of mine since relatively early in my time as a Project Assistant to the William Blake Archive (sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) has been to improve upon the Letters Proofing Form. Side by side with this idea was to maybe even create a generalized proofing form that could be useful for all projects, something to be the Queen Mother Proofing Form. This comment caught the attention of the lovely Laura, and thus the monster was born. (more…)

April 23, 2014

The End is Near

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:27 am

The end of the semester, that is. Happy writing and grading everyone!




April 17, 2014

“till the Cold is gone”: Blake, Rochester NY and talking about the weather

Filed under: BAND, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Laura Whitebell @ 1:23 pm

Being British, one of my favourite pastimes is talking about the weather (usually in a tone of complaint whilst drinking a cup of tea, of course), and I’ve always considered myself to be rather good at it — that is, until I moved to western New York. The Rochester snow makes a bit of British rain seem like a pleasant shower, a February blizzard makes London fog charmingly atmospheric and the dramatic temperature fluctuations make grabbing your coat in the morning as simple as remembering to brush your teeth. This week, for example, has seen alterations in weather from 80 degrees and sunshine to 25 degrees and snow (27° to -3° for our Celsius-loving readers). Anyway, as I was thinking this over, I started wondering what Blake thought about the weather. (more…)

April 8, 2014

Day of DH 2014

Filed under: BAND, Day of DH, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 5:30 pm

Welcome to BAND’s 2014 Day of DH post where we answer the question, “just what do digital humanists do?” (more…)

April 2, 2014

“Just what do digital humanists really do?”: Day of DH

Filed under: Day of DH — Tags: , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 11:00 am

This coming Tuesday (8 April 2014) Team Blake Archive will be participating in Day of DH, an open community publication project for those interested and working in the digital humanities. The idea is to provide some answers to the question, “Just what do digital humanists really do?” by creating a snapshot of everyday life in the world of DH. Along with many others across the world, we will be documenting our day and posting the results on the blog and here.


March 31, 2014

Publication Announcement – Letters (1800-1805)

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 8:00 pm

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of our second installment of Blake’s letters, the correspondence of 1800-1805, which includes his three years with patron William Hayley in the coastal village of Felpham, West Sussex, and the frightening months leading up to his trial for sedition.

The letters in this group supplement the Archive’s publication in November 2013 of Blake’s illustrations to works by Hayley, including his Essay on Sculpture, the broadside ballad Little Tom the Sailor, (more…)

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