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The Angel Crossing the Styx   1824-27
pen and watercolour over pencil (NGV 9)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno VII, 67-75 and IX, 64-84. Dante and Virgil, approach the City of Dis, its mosques glowing red in the eternal fire of Hell. Dante describes the sound at the approach of the Heavenly Messenger as of a wind; Blake illustrates this literally with a whirlwind which snatches up the figures of the damned. In the background can be seen two of the great rock bridges that connect the various circles of Hell.

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