How Jonathan Downing discovered a priceless set of William Blake engavings in Trinity's library.

The Blake Discovery

During an afternoon last year in the Danson Library at Trinity, Jonathan Downing stumbled across a complete copy of William Blake’s Illustrations for the Book of Job. Through consultation with experts at the Bodleian Library, he and librarian Sharon Cure were able to identify that the plates were part of a first edition of 100 which Blake had printed in 1826, the year before his death. In this video, he shows where the discovery was made and explains how the engravings were donated to Trinity in 1899 by Alfred Vaughan Payton, a scholar in Greats.