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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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John Varley

by William Blake
pencil, circa 1820-1825
NPG 1194


Johann Caspar Lavater

by William Blake, published by Joseph Johnson
engraving and etching, published 1 May 1800 (first state 1787)
NPG D37198


William Cowper

by William Blake, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, 1802 (1793)
NPG D20230


Robert Hawker

by William Blake, published by A.A. Paris, after John Ponsford
line engraving, published 1 May 1820
NPG D35614


'Last Judgment'

after William Blake
photograph of drawing, 1880s (1808)
NPG P1273(24b)