|60. William Blake, Earths
Answer. Relief etching, 11.7 x 7.2 cm., etched 1794, printed
and finished in watercolors and pen and ink c. 1825. Songs of
Innocence and of Experience copy Z, c. 1825. Library of Congress.
Detail, showing misalignment of plate to paper and pen and ink over
text. The text slants dramatically to the left, but the edges of
the plate look more evenly aligned to the sheet because Blake has
painted new edges on the impression to disguise the printed ones,
as can be seen most clearly along the upper right margin and the
top margin on the left.