Little Tom the Sailor

William Blake, English, 1757 - 1827. Text by William Hayley, English, 1745 - 1820. Printed by the artist or his wife, Catherine Blake, English, 1762 - 1831.


Relief etching (including text) and white line engraving printed from four plates; areas of loss at the top and bottom have been filled with parts of a late nineteenth-century facsimile

Image (top): 4 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (11.1 x 16.2 cm) Image (bottom): 4 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches (11.1 x 15.9 cm) Sheet (overall, including text): 19 × 6 5/8 inches (48.3 × 16.8 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund, 1960

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This broadsheet was made to raise money to aid a widow and her children, the eldest of whom was ten-year-old Tom, a young sailor. William Hayley, who wrote the verse, asked William Blake to create the accompanying images and do the printing. This is one of only eight known impressions.