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William Blake
(1757-1827)

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"William Blake was a poet, illustrator, engraver, draughtsman, writer and painter whose efforts, due to their idiosyncratic and unorthodox nature, were largely unappreciated in his own lifetime. The knowledge Blake gained from working as an engraver enabled him to produce his own work in which he surrounded one of his poems with his own hand-coloured illustration. A powerful imagination is evident in every aspect of Blake's work. Among his most important works are the Illustrations of the Book of Job (1825), and the hundred or so watercolours to Dante's Divine Comedy...A deeply mystical man, Blake claimed he had visionary experiences that prompted him to invent his own belief system in which the creator of the universe, whom he renamed Urizen, wrought vengeance on mankind through Jesus, renamed Orc. His social and political conscience railed against the prevailing academic painting of the eighteenth century. He saw it as representing all that he came to despise about the rational, materialistic age in which he found himself."

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works", by Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson

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William Blake Images

1789 Plate 25 (Infant Joy) from Songs of Innocence
1790 Plate 2 (The Argument) from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
1790 Plate 21 from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
1794 The Ancient of Days
1794 Plate 2 (Preludium) from The Book of Urizen
1794 Plate 7 from The Book of Urizen
1794 Plate 9 from The Book of Urizen
c. 1806-1809 The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun
c. 1825 The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve




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