An Island in the Moon, object 18 (Bentley 74.P, Butlin 149)
At least some of the sketches and lettering on the verso (reproduced here) may
conceivably be the product of both William Blake and his youngest brother Robert
(1762-87). The awkwardness and redundancy of some of the work, the bare geometry
of the head of the large lion(?) in the lower pair of animals in the upper left
quadrant of the page, and the heavy overdrawing on some of the other animals are
among the features that may possibly reflect Robert's attempts to draw subjects
that had been set as exercises for him by older brother William, and, in some
instances, corrected by one of them.
The blank recto, designated as page O in Bentley, and showing a considerable
amount of show-through from the ink lines on this verso, is not reproduced
|B 1 William
The illegible letters and "William Blake" have been
| B William Blake|
All of the text in this line has
The "N" has been
The gap indicates a partial letter. It may be the backstroke for a capital
letter — perhaps "B".
| n n n Numeration|
At the beginning of the line
are two partial letters. The first may be a partial capital "T" or "F". The
second is a small partial stroke. The second legible "n" has been
| n n M|
The text has been smudged.
| m W ll Blake|
The "m" has been smudged. The words "William Blake" appear to
have been cancelled.
| Lambn n |
"Lamb", written in a very small hand, is
almost obscured by the first large "n". The second "n" has been lightly
smudged. The illegible text at the end of the line appears to be a partial
letter—perhaps "c" or "o".
The illegible text could be the capital letter "L" or simply a
| nu Bla|
The letters "Bl" (followed by an uncertain letter "a") are written in
backwards lettering. They are also smudged.
| fr |
text has been smudged, and is written vertically in the lower right quadrant of