Job's Evil Dreams, from "Illustrations of the Book of Job"

William Blake, English, 1757 - 1827



Line engraving on paper


Plate: 8 1/2 × 6 3/4 in. (21.6 × 17.1 cm)

Sheet: 16 9/16 × 11 13/16 in. (42 × 30 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Dr. Franz H. Hirschland, Class of 1935P and 1939P



William Blake, London


Europe, Great Britain


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, upper right: My bones are pierced in me in the / night season & my sinews / take no rest; inscribed, in plate, upper center: The triumphing of the wicked / is short, the joy of the hypocrite is / but for a moment / Satan himself is transformed into an Angel of Light & his Ministers into Ministers of Righteousness; inscribed, in plate, upper right: 11 / My skin is black upon me / & my bones are burned / with heat; inscribed, in plate, below image, lower center: With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me / with Visions / Why do you persecute me as God & are not satisfied with my flesh. Oh that my words / were printed in a Book that they were graven with an iron pen & lead in the rock for ever / For I know that my Redeemer liveth & that he shall stand in the latter days upon / the Earth & after my skin destroy thou This body yet in my flesh shall see God / whom I shall see for Myself and mine eyes shall behold & not Another tho consumed by my wrought Image / Who opposeth & exalteth himself above all that is called God or is Worshipped; signed, in plate, lower left: WBlake invent. & sculp; inscribed, in plate, lower center margin: London, Published as the Act directs March 8 :1825 by Will.m [m in superscript] Blake No [o in superscript] 3 Fountain Court Strand; inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: Proof

Course History

ARTH 89.05, Art History: Theory and Method, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Fall 2019

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750 - 1850, Allan Doyle, Summer 2019

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750-1850, Allan Doyle, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

The Napoleonic Era, Strauss and Barrows Galleries and Barrows Windows, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 29-September 3, 1979.

Outcasts and Rebels: Prints by William Blake and Leonard Baskin, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, September 25-December 16, 2012.

Freud as Art Collector, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 18-25, 1974, in conjunction with the review of the exhibition at Jewish Museum, NYC.

Art 52, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 26, 1981-January 1982.

An Introduction of the History of Art from the Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth Century, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Art 2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 12-March 15, 1992.

18th Century English Graphics, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 29-December 10, 1978.


Dr. Franz H. Hirschland (1880-1973), New York, New York; given to present collection, 1949.

Catalogue Raisonne

D. Bindman, The Complete Graphic Works of William Blake, New York, 1978, no. 636.

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