Title:Thy Sons & thy Daughters were eating & drinking Wine…Artist:William Blake Date:1825Creation Place:Europe, EnglandCredit Line:The William Hood Dunwoody FundAccession Number:P.5,865
The debauchery of Job's children can no longer be ignored. The six younger sons have all taken mistresses. Job becomes enraged. Satan the Accuser, born in Job's brain, descends in flames and destroys all the sons and their mistresses. In the center of the composition, the eldest son attempts in vain to rescue his child. One brother in the lower right, falls downward in the position of an upside down crucifixion and tumbles upon a wine goblet and a platter-the wealth that has resulted in his downfall. One concubine lies stretched out in the bottom of the composition with her feet on a timbrel and a lyre, beneath her left arm alluding to the music that she had so degraded to secular pleasure.
In the margins, the flames are repeated; two scorpions raise their stings; and the coils of the great serpent, symbolizing the religion of Materialism, are now visible.