William Blake(1757-1827), Visionary poet and painter
Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 5 portraits
The artist Blake was an engraver who had a calling as a divinely inspired poet and prophet. He developed an integrated method of engraving copper plates with words and images. His visionary illuminated works include Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) and Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) which contains 'Tyger! Tyger! burning bright'. Blake's work later became highly symbolic and complex.
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