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The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts

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London: R. Noble, for R. Edwards, 1797


Unidentified collector (bookplate with initials "H.M." and motto "Omnia pro bono" [Bentley suggests perhaps W. Rae McDonald or J. M. Gray]); offered by Tregaskis at an unknown date for £25 [per Bentley]; offered by Ellis & Elvey in cat. 120 for £45 [per Bentley]; sold at Sotheby's, 4 June 1908, lot 734, for £24, to Stirling [per Bentley]; acquired in 1919 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

Bequest of William A. Sargent

Night Thoughts


Place of Publication

London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

ESTC (RLIN) T020820; Keynes, Bibliography of William Blake, 70; Bentley, Blake Books, 515 (copy H); Ray, Illustrator and Book in England, 3


Overall: 41.4 x 33 x 2 cm (16 5/16 x 13 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 43 engravings, hand-colored


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