Hired to Depress: A Digital Scholarly Edition of William Blake's Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses

Blake marginalia Contents Page A03

The Foundation of Empire is Art & Science
Remove them or Degrade them & the Empire
is No More -- Empire follows Art
& Not Vice Versa as Englishmen Suppose

Editorial Note:
The phrase “Empire is No More” appears in other works by Blake such as Marriage of Heaven and Hell and America A Prophecy. This sentiment connects to his dismissal of political and religious leaders after the “Age of Rafael."

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