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William Blake
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

William Blake 1807

Thomas Phillips (1770–1845)

National Portrait Gallery, London

William Blake (Born London, 28 November 1757; died London, 12 August 1827). English printmaker, painter, poet, and mystical philosopher, one of the most remarkable figures of the Romantic period and one of the supreme individualists in the history of art. He was equally gifted in poetry and the visual arts, and in both fields he worked in a highly original, deeply personal idiom that expressed his idiosyncratic views and fiercely independent personality.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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