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William Blake

14 of 26 portraits on display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery

William Blake, by Thomas Phillips, 1807 - NPG 212 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Blake

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1807
36 1/4 in. x 28 3/8 in. (921 mm x 720 mm)
Purchased, 1866
Primary Collection
NPG 212

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  • William Blake (1757-1827), Visionary poet and painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Often misunderstood or scorned for his radical politics, Blake's work was only recognised by close friends like Fuseli and Flaxman and his disciple, the young Samuel Palmer. Phillips is said to have caught Blake's 'rapt poetic expression' by luring him to talk of his friendship with the Archangel Gabriel.

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