205 - VARIATION ON WILLIAM BLAKE'S NEBUCHADNEZZAR - DAVE EDWARDS - COLOURED PENCILS - 2008

BLYTHART

Blyth, United Kingdom

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FEATURED BY SAFE HAVEN GROUP – 12th June 2010

I took this from the famous painting by William Blake of Nebuchadnezzar. In the Old testament, while boasting over his achievements, Nebuchadrezzar was humbled by God. The king lost his sanity and lived in the wild like an animal for seven years (by some considered as an attack of the madness called clinical boanthropy or alternately porphyria). After this, his sanity and position were restored.

For this picture, I first drew in pencil and then did a wash or two of watercolour, before starting work on it with coloured pencils.

I’d like to dedicate this piece to my late father, Elwyn Tecwyn Edwards, who made me aware of the works of William Blake.

I also did a much earlier version in pen and ink if you’d like to see it.

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