Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy


Poetry Selections - "INFANT JOY" by William Blake

Infant Joy Susan Loy of Literary Calligraphy in Moneta, VA, joins text from literary classics or Biblical passages with delicate watercolor images and creates a unique bond between fine art and literature.

Poet and engraver, William Blake published "Infant Joy" in Songs of Innocence in 1789:

"I have no name. I am but two days old. What shall I call thee?
I happy am - joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee

Pretty joy! Sweet joy, but two days old. Sweet joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile. I sing the while. Sweet joy befall thee."

Blake hand-lettered and illustrated the poem with a drawing of a flower, cradling an angel at the side of a mother holding an infant, all in shades of yellow, green, rose, and blue.

Susan hand-lettered and illustrated Blake's poem, using shades of purple and pastel lavender to letter the poem and illuminate the words "INFANT JOY SWEET JOY BEFALL THEE!," which surround an intricate mandala or wheel of life in shades of purple, yellow, green, rose, and blue. "Infant Joy" is dedicated to our niece, Lydia Claire Dunn.

Signed prints produced from the original watercolor.

"Infant Joy"
Print Image Size: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Print Paper Size: 8" x 8"
Frame Size: 10" x 10"
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