About this artwork

The subject of this coloured print has been the topic of extensive debate, with numerous plausible explanations. Suggestions as to the identity of the sitting woman range from Hecate, Jealousy, Media and Enitharmon. The most convincing of these has been that the figure represents Enitharmon, a female character who appears in a number of Blake’s mythological books. There are two other copies of this print, one in the Tate, London and the other in the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino. None of the three prints are dated, but the Tate’s copy is watermarked 1794, and on stylistic ground it is reasonable to accept a date of around 1795.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    William BlakeEnglish (1757 - 1827)
  • title:
    The Night of Enitharmon's Joy (formerly called 'The Triple Hecate')
  • date created:
    About 1795
  • materials:
    Polytype on paper
  • measurements:
    41.60 x 56.10 cm (framed: 76.50 x 96.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Royal Scottish Academy 1910
  • accession number:
    P 7851
  • gallery:
  • glossary:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Blake

William Blake