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SWEDENBORG SOCIETY

Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH
020 7405 7986

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undergroundHolborn / Tottenham Court Road / Bus Buses 55, 38, 19, 171, 68, 242, 91, 59

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Click to enlargeTHE HUMBLE SERVANT
Oct 18 - Nov 30, 2017
Adorned with quotations from Swedenborg's writings, and echoing the style of Blake’s hand-coloured plates from his Lambeth poems, the ceramics replicate creamware of the period, with hand-applied coloured lead glaze and transfer printing.
 
The pieces recreate some of the items from the series of ceramic designs for Josiah Wedgwood etched by William Blake for the 1817 catalogue of queensware tableware (see left). The designs originate from 1815, at a time when Blake’s financial and public fortunes were at a low ebb. It is likely that John Flaxman, one of the most significant artists employed by Wedgwood (and a founding member of the Swedenborg Society too), was the link for the improbable etching commission. The works are in stark contrast to the visionary imagery Blake is famous for, perhaps indicating his desperate circumstances at the time, and one of the brief letters to Wedgwood shows Blake signing himself ‘humble servant’.
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