ved master. Thus, Joseph of Arimathea among the Rocks of Albion was suggested by Michael Angelo's Crucifixion of St Peter in the Vatican, and the figure of Joseph is a copy. Blake himself had written "engraved by W. Blake, 1773, from an old Italian Drawing"; "Michael Angelo, Pinxit." But already there is more of Blake in this design than of his master. He wrote between the lines, "This is one of the Gothic Artists who built the Cathedrals in what we call the Dark Ages, wandering about in sheep-skins and goat-skins; of whom the World was not worthy. Such were the Christians in all ages." From which we may gather that Blake was fully conscious that his being a Christian--and his Art was inseparable from his Christianity--had already consigned him to a solitary life in which he might expect persecutions, but certainly not a resting-place.
Blake's apprenticeship with Basire came to a peaceful end in 1778, when he was twenty-one years old. He was now a man, peering forward into a dim and cloudy
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