About the artist
William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. He was a major figure of the Romantic Age and is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of poetry and visual arts. His works are characterised by their symbolism, use of imagery, and exploration of spirituality. His personal life was marked by tragedy, including the death of his beloved brother Robert in 1787. Blake was also a strong advocate of the abolition of slavery and a supporter of the French Revolution.
Also associated with: Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Great Red Dragon Paintings, Milton, Jerusalem, Lambeth, The Ancients of Days.