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The Death of the Wife of the Biblical Prophet Ezekiel
Based on the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament book of Ezekiel

William Blake, English, 1757 - 1827

c. 1785

Pen and black ink and wash over graphite on cream wove paper

Sheet (sight): 13 5/8 × 18 7/8 inches (34.6 × 47.9 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Thomas Tonner, 1964

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The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, having preached God's command neither to weep nor mourn for the dead, had to follow his own teachings when he discovered that his wife had died. The grief-stricken gestures of the mourners are in sharp contrast to Ezekiel's stoic attitude.