Night thoughts in Spain

A weekend recently saw one of our conservators en route to sunny Spain … no, not on holiday, but to accompany one of our books to an exhibition at the Fundacíon Juan March, Madrid, starting on 5 October. The exhibition is ‘Treasure Island: British Art from Holbein to Hockney’. One of its seven sections is on ‘Landscapes of the Mind (1760–1850)’,and it is in this context that Senate House Library is involved, lending one of its copies of The Complaint, and the Consolation, or, Night Thoughts (London: R. Noble for R. Edwards, 1797), by Edward Young and William Blake. The book is a large, sumptuous folio with 43 engravings by William Blake, and it is Blake’s illustrations which are on show on the continent until 20 January 2013.

Night thouhts


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