Copy Information

Title: Pity
Origination: William Blake: inventor, delineator, printer, colorist
Composition Date: 1795
Print Date: 1795
Note: The characteristics of the color printing indicate that this impression is the first one printed from the larger matrix in 1795. The second impression in this printing is Pity in the Tate Collection (Butlin 310); the third impression is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Butlin 311).
Number of Objects: 1
Object Size: 41.6 x 51.3 cm.
Note: The print has been trimmed, particularly along the left edge.
Number of Leaves: 1
Leaf Size: 41.6 x 51.3 cm.
Medium: planographic color printing with water color and pen and ink additions to the impression
Printing Style: planographic
Support: paper, probably wove
Watermark: none
Penned Numbers: none
Frame Lines: none
Binding: loose
Stab Holes: none


Name: Yale Center for British Art
Date: 1977
Dealer: none
Price: gift
Note: Perhaps acquired by Blake's wife, Catherine, upon his death in 1827; perhaps acquired by Frederick Tatham upon Mrs. Blake's death in 1831; the dealer Joseph Hogarth, who offered the print, with the assistance of George Richmond, to John Ruskin c. 1843; at least briefly in Ruskin's possession, but probably returned to Hogarth; acquired c. 1878-80 by Arthur Burgess; J. W. Pease, probably no later than 1888; bequeathed by J. W. Pease to Miss S. H. Pease in 1901; her executor, Lord Wardington; offered Christie's, 2 Dec. 1938, lot 56 (apparently bought-in by Lady Wardington at é56.14s.); offered Sotheby's, 28 Nov. 1974, lot 137 (not sold, but acquired immediately after the auction by the Oxfordshire book dealer Colin Franklin); offered in Franklin's 1977 Catalogue of Early Colour Printing for $30,000; acquired in 1977 by Paul Mellon, who gave the print to the Yale Center for British Art in the same year.

Present Location

Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8280
Mail: Box 208280
New Haven, CT 06250-8280
Telephone: 203-432-2800 or 203-432-2850
Fax: 203-432-9695

Collection: Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number(s): B1977.14.6321