This drawing in ink shows a nude man in Michelangelesque style lying on a jutting ledge of rock, illustrating six lines from the English poet William Collins (1721-1759), written below the drawing, as follows: "Danger, whose form of giant mould / What mortal eye dare, fix'd, behold! / Who stalks his round and hideous Form / Howling admidst the midnight storm; / Or throws him on the ridgy steep / Of some loose hanging rock to Sleep." This work was formerly housed in one of William T. Walters' drawings albums.


  • Title: "Danger"
  • Creator: Washington Allston (American, 1779-1843)
  • Date Created: ca. 1815
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Washington Allston (American, 1779-1843)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: ink on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Signed] Lower left: W. Allston
  • Exhibitions: American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987., A Man of Genius: The Art of Washington Allston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston. 1979-1980.
  • Dimensions: H: 9 5/8 x W: 7 11/16 in. (24.4 x 19.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.155

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