William Blake

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William Blake

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- In 1782, he married an illiterate woman named Catherine Boucher. Blake taught her to read and to write, and also instructed her in draftsmanship. - The couple had no children.- In 1784 he set up a print shop with a friend and former fellow apprentice, James Parker, but this venture failed after several years.

- William Blake was born London on November 28, 1757 to James, a hosier, and Catherine Blake. - Two of his six siblings died in infancy.- Around age nine, Blake spoke of having visions, while walking through the countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. - William Blake was different from his peers and did not force him to attend conventional school.- At age ten, Blake expressed a wish to become a painter, so his parents sent him to drawing school.

-In 1779, at age 21, Blake completed his seven-year apprenticeship and became a journeyman copy engraver, working on projects for book and print publishers. Also preparing himself for a career as a painter, that same year, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Art's Schools of Design, where he began exhibiting his own works in 1780.

- He didn´t go to a Conventional school.He learnt to read and write at home.- Aged twelve, William begun to writing poetry.- He worked sketching the tombs at Westminister.- At age 14, he apprenticed with an engraver. Blake's master was the engraver to the London Society of Antiquaries, and Blake was sent to Westminster Abbey to make drawings of tombs and monuments, where his lifelong love of gothic art was seeded.

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William Blake


The Blakes were Dissenters, and are believed to have belonged to the Moravian Church. The Bible was an early and profound influence on Blake, and would remain a source of inspiration throughout his life.


Blake did some of his best pictorial work: the illustrations to the Book of Job and his unfinished Dante. In 1824 his health began to weaken, and he died singing in London, England, on August 12, 1827.


- He did some significant work, including his designs for Milton's poems L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (1816) and the writing of his own poem The Everlasting Gospel (1818). - His last six years of life were spent at Fountain Court surrounded by a group of admiring young artists.

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