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      William Blake

      • Known as: English poet, painter, & printmaker.
      • Born: November 28, 1757
      • Place of birth: 28a Broad Street, Golden Square, London
      • Date of death: August 12, 1827
      • Place of death: London
      • Interred: Bunhill Fields, London

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      William Blake, 1757-1827, life mask made in 1823
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    • Icon, prophet, visionary ... William Blake. If ever there was a man with a greater imagination than William Blake well I haven't heard of them. Through the filter of his mind he created work of visionary proportions.

      Painter and poet, he made the two disciplines one and the same. He was a man so far ahead of his time that that time never caught up with him. He died penniless and when alive made a meagre living working for publishers as an engraver. Says it all really.

      He loathed slavery, believed in the American and French revolution and subscribed to racial and sexual equality. Sexual equality extended into his own life where his wife of nearly 45 years (only death parted them) Catherine was an important part in the production of his work. To Blake humanity was universal as all men were alike. He recognised no form of imposed authority even that of the Church.

      And one small thing to me shows that Britain of that time was unworthy of him: he was a vegetarian! I mean, 200 years before Paul McCartney, Blake was there!

      His greatest works are the twenty-one large watercolours illustrationg the Book of Job, the firsts et of which was probaly made c.1818/20, and a second set commissioned by the artist John Linnell and produced from 1821 and engraved in 1823-5; 102 illustrations to Dante (also suggested to him by Linnell), six of which were engraved at Blake's death; and his colour-printed drawings, which include Nebuchadnezzar, Hecate and Elijah in the Chariot of Fire. These were made by printing off a design prepared in distemper on millboard, and then finishing each individually. Most of his designs were carried out in normal watercolour technique, but are in a highly unorthodox form of tempera which has deteriorated badly.

      Biog. II


      • 1757: Born August 12 into a middle-class family. 1 of 4 children. The family were Dissenters

      • 1760s: First recorded Blake visions. Began engraving and writing poetry

      • 1772: Apprenticed to an engraver, James Basire of Great Queen, until the age of 21

      • 1779: Became a student at Royal Academy

      • 1780: Involved in the rioting of Newgate Prison in London (the Gordon Riots)

      • 1782: Met John Flaxman who would become his patron. Met Catherine Boucher. They married on 18 August 1782 in St. Mary's Church, Battersea

      • 1783: First collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, published

      • 1784: Death of father. He and his brother Robert opened a print shop in 1784, working with the publisher Joseph Johnson. Through Johnson met mant of the leading dissidents of the day

      • 1788: Illustrated Mary Wollstonecraft's book Original Stories from Real Life. Wollstonecraft was the leading feminist of the day, Started experimenting with relief etching

      • 1789: Published himself Songs of Innocence

      • 1793: Published Visions of the Daughters of Albion

      • 1794: Published himself Songs of Experience

      • 1800: Moved to a cottage at Felpham near Bognor in Sussex to take up a job illustrating the works of the poet William Hayley. Wrote Milton: A Poem. Among the circle of Hayley were John Flaxman and George Romney. Blake had an uneasy relationship with all of them

      • 1802: Returned to London. It was around this time that he met the artist John Linnell. Through Linnell he met Samuel Palmer

      • 1803: Cleared by the Chichester assizes of charges of uttering seditious and treasonable expressions against the King

      • 1804-20: wrote and illustrated his great prophetic book Jerusalem

      • 1818/20: Started worked on the Book of Job

      • 1825: Taken severely ill

      • 1827: In March his brother James died. Worked on the illustrations to Dante's Inferno. He died penniless on August 12th. Buried five days later

      • 1831: Wife Catherine died in October


      • London (Tate Gallery)

      • Aberdeen
      • Boston
      • Brighton
      • Cambridge (Fitzwm)
      • Cambridge Mass. (Fogg)
      • London (British Museum, V&A)
      • Manchester (City Gall., Whitworth)
      • Melbourne
      • New York (Met. Mus., Morgan Library, Brooklyn)
      • San Marino Cal. (Huntingdon)
      • Yale (CBA)


      A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
      William Blake

      A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
      William Blake

      Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
      William Blake

      Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
      William Blake

      Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
      William Blake

      Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
      William Blake

      As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
      William Blake

      Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.
      William Blake

      Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
      William Blake

      Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
      William Blake

      Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
      William Blake

      Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
      William Blake

      Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
      William Blake

      Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
      William Blake

      Every harlot was a virgin once.
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      Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.
      William Blake

      Exuberance is beauty.
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      For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
      William Blake

      Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
      William Blake

      Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
      William Blake


      william blake / a poison tree, from songs of experience william blake / adam, eve and the angel raphael william blake / america a prophecy, thus wept the angel voice, the emergence of orc (the embodiment of energy) william blake / beatrice addressing dante william blake / beatrice on the car, matilda and dante william blake / book of thel; thel leaning over the matron clay and the worm, 1789
      william blake / brothers meet the attendant spirit in the wood william blake / chaucer's canterbury pilgrims, engraved and pub. by the artist, 1810 william blake / christ in the sepulchre, guarded by angels william blake / christ offers to redeem man william blake / comus, disguised as a rustic, addresses the lady william blake / divine comedy, pity
      william blake / etching from milton a poem william blake / europe a prophecy, plague, circa 1794 william blake / europe supported by africa and america, circa 1796 william blake / hecate william blake / illustration for the book of urizen william blake / illustration from young's night thoughts, night III, narcissa
      william blake / illustrations of the book of job, job accepting charity, 1825 william blake / illustrations of the book of job, job's evil dreams, showing job's god, who has become satan william blake / illustrations of the book of job, satan smiting job with sore boils, 1825 william blake / jacob's ladder william blake / jerusalem the emanation of the giant albion, plate 76 albion before christ crucified william blake / jerusalem the emanation of the giant albion, such visions have appeared to me, 1804
      william blake / jerusalem the emanation of the giant albion william blake / job and the whirlwind william blake / joseph of arimathea preaching to the inhabitants of britain william blake / last judgement william blake / marriage of heaven and hell william blake / mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other
      william blake / milton a poem william blake / moses and the burning bush william blake / moses placed in the ark of the bulrushes william blake / moses william blake / naomi entreating ruth and orpah to return to the land of moab william blake / newton
      william blake / oberon, titania and puck with fairies dancing william blake / oh! flames of furious desires, plate 3 of urizen william blake / raphael warns adam and eve william blake / robert william blake / satan arousing the rebel angels william blake / satan calling up his legions
      william blake / satan spying on adam and eve and raphael's descent william blake / satan watching the endearments of adam and eve william blake / satan, sin, and death, satan comes to the gates of hell william blake / songs of innocence and experience william blake / songs of innocence and of experience william blake / songs of innocence, infant joy, 1789
      william blake / songs of innocence, title page william blake / st. gregory and the british captives william blake / the ancient of days william blake / the annunciation to the shepherds william blake / the book of thel, plate 4 thel in the vale of har, 1794 (colour-printed relief etching) william blake / the christ child asleep on a cross
      william blake / the christ child riding on a lamb william blake / the conversion of saul william blake / the descent of peace william blake / the divine image, from songs of innocence william blake / the expulsion william blake / the faerie queene
      william blake / the fall of man william blake / the first book of urizen, man floating upside down, 1794 (colour-printed relief etching william blake / the flight of moloch william blake / the healing of the woman with an issue of blood william blake / the judgement of adam and eve, so judged he man william blake / the marriage of heaven and hell, as a new heaven is begun, circa 1790
      william blake / the marriage of heaven and hell; title-page, 1790-93 william blake / the night of peace william blake / the old dragon william blake / the overthrow of apollo and the pagan gods william blake / the resurrection, the angels rolling away the stone from the sepulchre william blake / the rout of the rebel angels
      william blake / the sick rose, from songs of innocence william blake / the temptation and fall of eve william blake / the third temptation william blake / the virgin and child in egypt, 1810 william blake / the vision of eliphaz, 1825 william blake / the whirlwind, ezekiel's vision
      william blake / then the lord answered job out of the whirlwind, published 1825 william blake / tiriel, borne back to the palace on the shoulders of his brother ijim, addressing his daughters william blake / title page from milton a poem william blake / to annihilate the self-hood of deceit from a poem by milton, written 1804-8 william blake / a negro hung alive by the ribs to a gallows william blake / newton


    • William Blake
      Infant Joy
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    • William Blake
      Large Canvas Print

      william blake life mask
      William Blake, 1757-1827, life mask made in 1823
      From the extraordinary book, The Somnambulists by Joanna Kane
      Available at
      Joanna Kane

      View a bigger scan here.

    • BIOG. II

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