William Blake (1757 - 1827) was a English Romantic Age painter, poet, and printmaker. His wild imagination and idiosyncratic views have kept him in high regards with the art critics. He began his career as an engraver and also did relief etchings. His views on conventional religion were controversial as were his views on the 19th century "free love" movement and Age of Enlightenment philosophy. Our pattern set has most of his recognized works including "Ancient of Days", ""Newton"", ""The Ghost of a Fle

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Ancient of Days

The Murder of Abel

Newton

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A Negro Hung Alive by the Ribs to a Gallows

The Ghost of a Flea

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun

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The Whirlwind of Lovers

The Minotaur (Dante Hell XII)

Jacob's Ladder

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Nebuchadnezzar

Hecate or the Three Fates

Los Entering the Grave

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Los

Christ as the Redeemer of Man

When the Morning Stars Sang Together

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Creating Adam

Glad Day

Satan Before the Throne of God

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Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils

Ghost of Samuel Appearing to Saul

Christ in the Sepulcher Guarded by Angels

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The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Annunciation to the Shepherds

The Creation of Eve

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William Blake (November 28, 1757-August 12, 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker and one of the founding figures of the Romantic Movement. His work was influenced by his mystical visions and he was thought mad by his contemporaries. His genius was mostly misunderstood during his lifetime, leading him to publish his own works, for which he also produced the illustrations. He lived most of his life in poverty and died unrecognized.

William Blake was born in London, England. His father, James Blake, ran a hosiery shop in the Soho district, where the family lived. William was the third of five children. James Blake was a Dissenter, a follower of radical doctrines and deeply anti-royalist. He did not send his son to school; instead, William was educated at home by his mother. He showed an impressive talent for drawing which his parents supported, encouraging him to collect prints by the Italian masters.

After a short period at a drawing school, William Blake was apprenticed at the age of 14 to James Basire, an engraver, after which he entered the Royal Academy schools in 1779. Blake did not get on well at the Royal Academy. He despised Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Academy president; befriended other young radicals, and rebelled against the Academy's teachings.

In 1783, at the age of 25, William Blake married Catherine Boucher. Catherine was five years younger than Blake and she was illiterate. Unable to sign her wedding contract, she marked it with an "X" in place of a signature. Nevertheless, she was kind and loyal, and Blake considered her his guardian angel. He taught her how to read and write and also trained her as an engraver. She became his assistant and helped him publish his books, hand coloring the plates and binding the books manually. The couple did not have any children.

In 1784, after his father's death, William Blake opened a print shop with his wife and James Parker, a fellow former apprentice at Basire's. But Blake paid more attention to his mystical views and turned down requests from other publishers. The venture never made much money and was closed in 1787. For the rest of his life, Blake would eke out a living as an engraver, sometimes relying on the support of friends in order to survive.

William and Catherine moved to a cottage in Felpham, Sussex in 1800, where they remained for three years. In August 1803, John Schofield, a drunken soldier, wandered into the Blakes' garden. William forcibly removed him, leading to charges of physical assault and treason: Schofield accused Blake of shouting “Damn the King. The soldiers are all slaves." He was put on trial, but acquitted. The Blakes moved back to London the following year.

Blake then began Jerusalem, a book of illustrated poems on which he would work until 1820. It was his most ambitious work yet. He also came up with the idea of illustrating Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. He approached a London publisher who promptly stole the idea and commissioned one of Blake's friends to produce the work he believed Blake was too untrustworthy to do. There followed a series of unsuccessful exhibitions: Blake organized an independent exhibition at his brother's haberdashery shop where he showed his version of the Canterbury Tales illustrations, but there were very few visitors and none of the works sold. It attracted only a hostile review in a local newspaper. In 1809 one of his works was exhibited at the Royal Academy, but he did not gain any recognition and, after this failure, he sank into a depression that lasted until 1817.

In 1818 Blake met a young artist called John Linnell, who introduced him to the Shoreham Ancients, a group of artists who shared Blake's rejection of modernist trends in art. In 1822, Blake, now aged 65, began working on a set of 21 copperplate illustrations for the Old Testament Book of Job which he completed when he was almost 70. But Blake's poor business skills led to other artists and engravers receiving the credit. In 1826 Linnell helped Blake get a commission to illustrate Dante's Divine Comedy. But only a few watercolors were produced because the project was cut short by Blake's death a year later.

Blake worked feverishly on the Dante series. On the day of his death in 1827, he was still working, with his beloved Catherine by his side. William Blake was buried on the eve of his forty-fifth wedding anniversary in a common grave at the Dissenters' burial ground where his parents were interred. Catherine, who had to borrow the money to pay for the funeral, was later buried in the same cemetery.

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