Blake's 1808 Paradise Lost

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William Blake and John Milton lived through two of the most tumultous periods of European history, so perhaps it is not surprising that Blake would have been drawn to illustrate Milton's great epic.  Blake completed two sets of water color illustrations to Paradise Lost, the second of which, completed in 1808, is represented here.

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Book III
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Book IV
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Book IV
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Book V
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Book VI
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Book IX
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Book XII
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Book XII
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