Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils

William BlakeAround 1826

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

The biblical 'Book of Job' addresses the existence of evil and suffering in a world where a loving, all-powerful God exists. It has been described as 'the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament'. In 'Job', God and Satan discuss the limits of human faith and endurance. God lets Satan force Job to undergo extreme trials and tribulations, including the destruction of his family. Despite this, as God predicted, Job's faith remains unshaken and he is rewarded by God with the restoration of his health, wealth and family. Here Blake shows Satan torturing Job with boils.


  • Title: Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils
  • Creator: William Blake
  • Date Created: Around 1826
  • Provenance: Presented by Miss Mary H. Dodge through the Art Fund 1918
  • Physical Dimensions: w432 x h326 mm
  • Original Title: Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Pen and ink and tempera on mahogany

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