Johann Kaspar Lavater
38.2 cm x 31.3 cm (15 1/16 in. x 12 5/16 in.)
(London, 1757 - 1827, London)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Blake trained and was first active as a conventional reproductive engraver. This print is of special interest because of the sitter’s identity and the impression’s quality. Lavater was a Swiss theologian better known for his writings on physiognomy – the interpretation of personality from facial characteristics. Blake records his traits in a fashionable Neoclassical profile, made distinctive by its large scale and severe modeling. Vivid, the impression is an apparently unique proof before letters.