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© The Frick Collection
William Blake  (1757–1827)
Owen Glendower, ca. 1820
Graphite on laid paper
9 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (23.1 x 18 cm)
The Frick Collection, New York, Bequest of Charles A. Ryskamp, 2010
Accession number: 2010.3.08
Not on View

Drawing on his powerful skills of invention, Blake envisions the rugged features and stern gaze of the medieval Welsh nobleman and revolutionary Owen Glendower, whose countenance he renders with flowing, sinuous lines. The sheet belongs to a series of “visionary heads” by Blake and his associates, whose enthusiasm for the realm of the imagination would become a hallmark of the British Romantic tradition.

This work was included in the exhibition Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp's Bequest to The Frick Collection, February 14, 2012, through April 8, 2012.