William Blake & Henry Fuseli. The Fertilization of Egypt. Illustration for Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden. 1791.
The god Anubis with the head of a dog praying to the star Sirius for rain, he stands with one foot on either bank of the river, beyond the winged figure of Jupiter Pluvius.
William Blake and Henry Fuseli together were involved in illustrating Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden, published by Joseph Johnson. The book is a set of two poems, The Economy of Vegetation and The Loves of the Plants by an author who was both poet and naturalist. Blake, Fuseli and Johnson shared many of the liberal, anti-establishment ideas which were incorporated in the book. It was not only organic change that Darwin was illustrating, it was also social and political change. Throughout The Botanic Garden, Darwin endorses the ideals of the American and French revolutions and criticizes slavery.
Blake and Fuseli. How can that not be great?!