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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 - NPG 1194

John Varley

by William Blake
pencil, circa 1820-1825
NPG 1194

Johann Caspar Lavater, by William Blake, published by  Joseph Johnson - NPG D37198

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 - NPG D20230

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 - NPG D35614

Robert Hawker

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

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'Last Judgment'

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


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