5 of 10 portraits of William Blake
by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Thomas Phillips
etching, published 1 May 1808 (1807)
14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (375 mm x 263 mm) plate size; 15 in. x 10 3/4 in. (382 mm x 274 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 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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Current affairsThe 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.
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