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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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William Blake, by Thomas Phillips - NPG 212

William Blake

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1807
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 212

William Blake, replica by John Linnell - NPG 2146

William Blake

replica by John Linnell
watercolour, 1861 (1821)
NPG 2146

William Blake, after James Deville - NPG 1809a

William Blake

after James Deville
bronze head, 1953 (1823)
NPG 1809a

William Blake, by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by  Robert Hartley Cromek, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D14447

William Blake

by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Thomas Phillips
etching, published 1 May 1808 (1807)
NPG D14447

William Blake, by William Bell Scott, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D31872

William Blake

by William Bell Scott, after Thomas Phillips
etching, 1881 (1807)
NPG D31872

William Blake, by William Bell Scott, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D32671

William Blake

by William Bell Scott, after Thomas Phillips
etching, 1881 (1807)
NPG D32671

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William Blake

after Thomas Phillips
pencil, pen and ink, (1807)
NPG D954

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William Blake

after Thomas Phillips
etching, (1807)
NPG D19979

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William Blake

by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Thomas Phillips
etching, published 1 May 1808 (1807)
NPG D20157

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