Tate buys Blake works

A fundraising appeal by Tate Britain has raised £441,000 to purchase a series of eight Blake etchings. Left by Blake to his wife Catherine, the series was later inherited by Frederick Tatham but subsequently lost until discovered in the 1970s inside a train timetable.

After the works were offered to the Tate by the owner, money was raised by The Art Fund, Tate Members, Tate Patrons and public donations. Nicholas Serota said that he was “delighted we have been able to acquire it for the nation.”

The works, comprising six etchings from The [First] Book of Urizen, one from The Book of Thel and another from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, will go on display at the Tate in July 2010 before going on to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, Moscow in November 2011.


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