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There is No Natural Religion, object 2 (Bentley a2, Erdman a2, Keynes a1)

Sector E
plate Illustration:

The Gothic structure of spires and arches filling most of the plate may be a church facade, a church portal, a church window, or an imaginative variation on a tomb canopy of the sort Blake saw (and probably drew) in Westminster Abbey during his apprentice years. The tracery includes at least seven human figures; the largest, upper center, may be the Virgin Mary holding the Christ child. She is flanked on each side by two praying figures. On each side of the design, between sets of spires, are a pair of standing figures, one arranged above the other. Perhaps we are to think of all these figures as statues in stone. The words of the title are incorporated in the design.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: Gothic art, stone, spire, arch, door, facade, church, tomb canopy, Westminster Abbey, window, tracery

The Gothic structure of spires and arches filling most of the plate may be a church facade, a church portal, a church window, or an imaginative variation on a tomb canopy of the sort Blake saw (and probably drew) in Westminster Abbey during his apprentice years. Perhaps we are to think of this architectural confection as being built of stone.

Component (Sector AB)

Keywords: female, gown, holding, standing, facing forward, Virgin Mary, statue, stone

The largest figure in the design stands above the title word "THERE" (line 1). The figure appears to be gowned and may be holding a small child or infant in (her?) left arm. If so, this figure group suggests the Virgin Mary and the Christ child. Perhaps this is a sculptural group in stone.

Component (Sector AB)

Keywords: male, infant, child, Christ, statue, stone

The figure standing above the title word "THERE" (line 1) may be holding an infant or small child. If so, this may be the Virgin Mary and Christ child. Perhaps this is a sculptural group in stone.

Component (Sector A)

Keywords: standing, gown, hands together, praying, facing right, facing up, statue, stone

A gowned figure, apparently with hands together in prayer and looking up and to the right, stands above the first two letters of the title word "THERE" (line 1). This may be a figure sculpted in stone.

Component (Sector B)

Keywords: standing, kneeling, gown, hands together, praying, facing left, statue, stone

A gowned figure, apparently with hands together in prayer and looking to the left, stands or kneels above the final letter of the title word "THERE" (line 1). This may be a figure sculpted in stone.

Component (Sector AC)

Keywords: standing, gown, saint, arm raised, arm bent, statue, stone

A small gowned figure, perhaps sculpted in stone, stands rigidly among the Gothic tracery left of the first two lines of the title inscription. Another such figure appears just below. This lower figure's left arm may be raised, bent at the elbow before her/his chest. Given the setting, both figures may be saints.

Component (Sector BD)

Keywords: standing, gown, saint, statue, stone

A small gowned figure, perhaps sculpted in stone, stands rigidly among the Gothic tracery. Another such figure appears just below. Given the setting, both may be saints.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: inscription, stone

The title words are incorporated into the design. Perhaps we are to think of the words as inscribed in stone or on a door.
 
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