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William Blake



William Blake

(b London, 28 Nov 1757; d London, 12 Aug 1827).

English printmaker, painter and poet. His reputation as a visual artist increased during the 20th century to the extent that his art is as well known as his poetry. Yet in his own mind Blake never completely separated the two, and his most original work is to be found in hand-printed books of prophecy, which developed a personal mythology of limitless intellectual ambition. In these books, text and design are completely integrated in what he called ‘illuminated’ printing. He also made many pen and watercolour drawings, prints in various media and a small number of tempera paintings, but even in these his broader aims were primarily theological and philosophical: he saw the arts in all their forms as offering insights into the metaphysical world and therefore potentially redemptive of a humanity he believed to have fallen into materialism and doubt.



The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun
National Gallery of Art at Washington D.C.



Copper engraving with pen and ink and watercolour, 446 x 620 mm
Tate Gallery, London



Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 146 x 222 mm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven


Job Confessing his Presumption to God who Answers from the Whirlwind

Pen, ink and watercolour over pencil on paper, 393 x 330 mm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh


Christ as the Redeemer of Man

Pen and watercolour, 496 x 393 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Lovers' Whirlwind, Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta

Pen and ink and watercolour, 374 x 530 mm
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

The Descent of Christ

Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 219 x 159 mm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

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