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Book of Job

Tennyson and Blake

Title-page of William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job (1826) (TRC / AT / 538)

Title-page of William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job (1826) (TRC / AT / 538)

by Dr Sibylle Erle with Grace Timmins

Sibylle Erle is Senior Lecturer in English at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln. She teaches mainly eighteenth and nineteenth literature and researches into text/image relationships, Anglo-German relations and problems of representation. She authored Blake, Lavater and Physiognomy (Legenda, 2010) and co-curated the display “Blake and Physiognomy” (2010-11) at Tate Britain. She is now co-editing The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury) with Morton D. Paley and working on ‘Character’ in the Romantic period.

Alfred Tennyson’s copy of William Blake’s superb Illustrations of the Book of Job lay for years quietly unnoticed among his many editions of New and Old Testaments in the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln.  In c1860 it had pride of place on the table in the middle of Tennyson’s Drawing Room in his home, Farringford, on the Isle of Wight.

“The Book of Job…is of the highest rank in certain characters of imagination and expression; …In expressing conditions of glaring and flickering light, Blake is greater than Rembrandt.  Ruskin (The Elements of Drawing, 1857)

“The engravings are the best Blake ever did: vigorous, decisive…”  Gilchrist (Life, 1863)


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OPEM exhibition at The Collection

28 January - 2 May 2017

Exhibition Opening Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

OPEM 4 is the fourth biennial open exhibition hosted by The Collection and Usher Gallery, and will showcase the work of local and regional artists who were chosen by a pair of industry experts (writer/curator Elinor Morgan and artist Brian Griffiths) based on the quality and originality of their work. Hundreds of artists from around Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and more entered into the competition, hoping to have their work featured centre-stage at a professional art exhibition.

The winning artists are:

• Reece Straw

• Jake Kent

• Stephanie Douet

• Jake Moore

• Selina Mosinski

• Matthew Chesney

• Ellen Brady

• Colette Griffin

This will be the first time some of these artists have exhibited with a professional institution. By winning the competition these artists will each receive money and supplies to fund the creation of an all-new original piece of work for this particular show. Other prizes include a £3000 purchasing/commissioning prize which has been sponsored by the Heslam Trust, while another artist will receive their own solo exhibition in The Usher Gallery.


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