Relief Etchings

The following are a series of relief etchings created by the author William Blake for his poem, “The Chimney Sweeper.”

“Blake reported discovering his wholly original method of “relief etching”—which creates a single, raised printing surface for both text and image—in a vision of Robert soon after his death. Relief etching allowed Blake to control all aspects of a book’s production: he composed the verses, designed the illustrations (preparing word and image almost simultaneously on the same copper printing plate), printed the plates, colored each sheet by hand (where necessary), and bound the pages together in covers.” (Heilbrunn)

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake

 

Source
“Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.” William Blake (1757–1827). N.p., n.d. Web. 1 May 2014. <http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/blke/hd_blke.htm>.
“The Chimney Sweeper.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 4 Oct. 2014. Web. 1 May 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chimney_Sweeper>.