2 of 10 portraits of William Blake
replica by John Linnell
watercolour, 1861 (1821)
9 in. x 7 in. (229 mm x 178 mm)
Given by A.S. Bradby, 1927
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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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- John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter. Artist associated with 66 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
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Linnell was introduced to William Blake in 1818. Despite the age difference - Linnell was 26 and Blake 61 - the artists found they had much in common, including their strong dissenting religious beliefs. Their artistic styles were very different, but they admired each other's work and often sketched together. Linnell supported Blake both financially and artistically, buying several works of art and commissioning engravings for the Book of Job and woodcut illustrations to Virgil's Eclogues.