Little Girl Lost

William Blake, 1757-1827, illustrator, author, publisher, and printer

c. 1789-94

18.3 x 13 cm.

Beckwith, Victorian Bibliomania catalogue no. 23

Source: Songs of Innocence and Experience, song 34

Houghton Library, Harvard University. Gift of Mrs. Roger S. Warner and her sisters in honor of their father E. W. Hooper.

Between 1789 and 1826, Blake rearranged his Songs of Innocence and Experience nineteen times. David Erdman, in his revised edition of Blake's complete works, states that "no two copies of the Innocence are alike." The differences are in the number and arrangement of the poems and in the coloring of the individual plates (Blake 790). "The Little Girl Lost" first appeared in the Songs of Innocence, but by 1794 Blake moved it to the Experience group (Blake 791). Therefore, with this particular illuminated poem one has a work representative of both collections of Songs. [continued below]

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