About this artwork

The Old Testament book of Job tells the story of a wealthy and devout man whose faith is tested by subjection to a series of catastrophes and afflications, yet remains devoted to god. Blake was particularly fascinated by this figure and it is suggested he related his own experiences and misfortunes to Job’s. This work depicts a climactic moment where Job, at the height of his torments experiences a mystical vision of the Lord. Blake shows god as an all-powerful deity with outstretched arms over the kneeling figure of Job, a strong gesture that Blake used throughout his religious works.

  • title:
    The Lord Answering Job from the Whirlwind
  • accession number:
    D NG 2117
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  • materials:
    Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on paper
  • date created:
    about 1803 - 1805
  • measurements:
    39.30 x 33.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Presented by the trustees of Mr Graham Robertson 1949 through the Art Fund

William Blake

William Blake