Friday, August 25, 2006

Blake Exhibit Opens at USC

The Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus (mentioned on Monday for their acquisition of the Wickenheiser collection of John Milton materials) will host an exhibition "William Blake: Visionary & Illustrator" in the mezzanine gallery through September 15. The show was prompted by the recent arrival of an original engraving from Blake's "Book of Job".

"The exhibition features illuminated or hand-copied embellished books and drawings by Blake (1757-1827), who helped usher in the Romantic Era. It charts Blake’s parallel careers as a respected engraver and an artistic visionary," according to The State. The library holds more than forty Blake items.