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The Rest on the Mountain Leading to Purgatory   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over black chalk and pencil (NGV 29)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Purgatorio IV, 46-57. The poets are climbing the steep path that encircles the mountain leading to Purgatory. Now they sit down to rest on a terrace, looking down over the sea. In the text Dante wonders at the direction of the sun but Blake shows it obscured by mist or clouds. The colouring of this design is cooler than in the illustrations to the Inferno, being dominated by pinks and greens.

(c)1999 National Gallery of Victoria