The Idle Laundress. [with] Industrious Cottager. Painted by G. Morland. Engraved by W. Blake.
London: J.R. Smith, 1788. 2 prints, images 21 x 26 cms., with full margins and imprints. Well printed in brown ink, cleaned and titles mounted below the prints, in very good condition. Second state of The Idle Laundress, third state of Industrious Cottager, good impressions. These two prints were designed to be issued together but they are extremely rarely found so. I have had two copies of the first plate (third state) and one copy of any state of the second plate. The first is known in one copy of the first state, and Essick records only two copies of the second state (BM and Keynes); Essick has the third state (printed in 1803). The second plate is known in one copy each of the first and second states, and 4 copies of the third state. Essick, The Separate Plates of William Blake, XXX and XXXI. Essick, Blake in the Marktplace,, records only two copies in all selling in the last 30 years.
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