The Elephant (Frontispiece)
From the book, Ballads, by William Hayley
Northern Europe, English, London
5 5/8 in. x 4 in. (14.29 cm x 10.16 cm)
Medium and Support:
Engraving on paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
This engraving was issued as the frontispiece to a ballad written by William Hayley (English, 1745–1820). The artist William Blake and Hayley entered into an agreement to publish a series of ballads written by Hayley and illustrated by Blake, however only a limited number of this projected series were actually issued. In the end, Blake apparently published only fourteen plates related to this series.