Blake's wife Catherine was born in Battersea in April 1762; her full name was Catherine Sophia Boucher. She married Blake at St Mary's, Battersea on 18 August 1782. Blake's first biographer wrote of her: 'A
brunetteandvery prettyare terms I have picked up as conveying something regarding her appearance in more youthful days. Blake himself would boast what a pretty wife he had. She lost her beauty as the seasons sped, -never saw a woman so much alteredwas the impression of one on meeting her again after a lapse of but seven years; a life of hard work and privation having told heavily upon her in the interim.' Catherine helped Blake in printing and colouring his Illuminated Books.