William Blake, 'Satan Calling up his Legions' about 1804. Museum no. P.8-1950

William Blake, 'Satan Calling up his Legions' about 1804. Museum no. P.8-1950

William Blake (1757-1827)
'Satan Calling up his Legions'
About 1804
Tempera on canvas
Illustration to Milton's 'Paradise Lost', Book 1
Museum no. P.8-1950

Blake's antipathy to the standard methods of oil painting led him to use tempera, in which pigments are mixed with egg or animal glue. Unfortunately, most of his tempera pictures have darkened disastrously. This illustration to 'Paradise Lost'  was owned for many years by Samuel Palmer, who shared Blake's unbounded enthusiasm for Milton's poetry.