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 William Blake  (1757 - 1827)

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: romantic allegorical and religious images, engraving

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BIOGRAPHY for William Blake
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Birth
1757 (London, England)
 
Death
1827 (London, England)

Lived/Active
England


by Thomas Phillips


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romantic allegorical and religious images, engraving

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The son of a hosier, William Blake had little formal education and no money; but nonetheless became in the eyes of critics, one of the very greatest English poets and painters - a modern prophet. Blake came of age as an artist during the French Revolution, and his pictures of gloating serpents and fiery figures are some of the earliest of the great romantic statements.

Blake was sent to drawing shool at the age of ten, and then was apprenticed to an engraver. When the apprenticeship ende (showing 500 of 3203 characters).



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