Pen and gray and black inks and watercolor, with scraping, over graphite, on cream wove paper, laid down on tan board
27.4 × 22.2 cm (10 13/16 × 8 3/4 in.)
Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Fund; Margaret Day Blake and Suzanne Searle Dixon endowment funds
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Commissioned from the artist by Robert Cromek (1770–1812), England; by descent to his widow. Thomas Sivright (1783–1835), Edinburgh; sold, C.B.Tait, Edinburgh, Feb. 10, 1836, lot 1835 (as “Volume of Drawings by Blake, Illustrative of Blaire’s Grave, entitled, ‘Black Spirits and White, Blue Spirits and Grey’”). John Stannard (1794–1882), Bedfordshire; to his son, Henry John Stannard (1840–1920); to his son, Henry John Sylvester Stannard (1870–1951); by descent, Glasgow, to 2000; Caledonia Books, Glasgow, from 2000; to Paul Williams, Fine Books, Ilkley, 2001; to Libby Howie; sold, Sotheby’s, New York, May 2, 2006, lot 9; acquired after the sale by a private collector, to 2018. Sold by Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker, London, to the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018.
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