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WILLIAM BLAKE Biography, History and Paintings
WILLIAM BLAKE
WILLIAM BLAKE
(1757-1827) One of the most influential figures of the Romantic period, Blake was an artist, poet, philosopher who clearly possessed a mystical philosophy from an early age.

He studied engraving, Gothic art and printing.

It was this latter process of production that made it possible for his own drawings to accompany his poems in coloured units, such as Songs of Innocence, 1789.

The sympathetic patronage of the painter John Linnell in 1818 guaranteed Blake an income for the rest of his life.

Linnell also introduced Blake to younger artists, who admired Blake's imaginative power: the group formed a kind of brotherhood called 'The Ancients'.

Blake's work is deeply spiritual, and his output is enormous.

Works can be seen in Britain at Tate Britain and the British Museum.


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