National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Rosenwald Collection
The Book of Enoch was published in a modern European language for the first time in 1821. The Reverend Professor (later Archbishop) Richard Laurence gave his English translation and history the all-inclusive title The Book of Enoch The Prophet: An Apocryphal Production, Supposed to Have Been Lost for Ages; But Discovered at the Close of the Last Century in Abyssinia; Now First Translated From an Ethiopic MS. in the Bodleian Library. Within a few years, five major poets and artists—Lord Byron, Thomas Moore, Richard Westall, William Blake and John Flaxman—were devoting a flurry of attention to the visionary and erotic work.
Highlighted in this article and in “When the Sons of God Cavorted with the Daughters of Men” and “Don’t Let Pseudepigrapha Scare You” are drawings by Blake, Westall and Flaxman.