William Blake was born in London more than 250 years ago on 28 November 1757. Regarded by many in his lifetime as insane and subsequently as an artist and writer of genius, his work remains unmistakeable and utterly passionate

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  • after William Blake, 'The Man Who Taught Blake Painting in his Dreams (counterproof)' after circa 1819-20

    after William Blake
    The Man Who Taught Blake Painting in his Dreams (counterproof) after circa 1819-20
    Pencil on paper
    support: 296 x 235 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940

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  • William Blake, 'Pity' circa 1795

    William Blake
    Pity circa 1795
    Colour print finished in ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 425 x 539 mm
    Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939

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  • William Blake, 'Lear and Cordelia in Prison' circa 1779

    William Blake
    Lear and Cordelia in Prison circa 1779
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 123 x 175 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940

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  • William Blake, ''Songs of Innocence and of Experience': 'Spring'' 1794, reprinted 1831 or later

    William Blake
    'Songs of Innocence and of Experience': 'Spring' 1794, reprinted 1831 or later
    Relief etching on paper
    image: 115 x 79 mm
    Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922

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  • William Blake, 'Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing' circa 1786

    William Blake
    Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    support: 475 x 675 mm
    Presented by Alfred A. de Pass in memory of his wife Ethel 1910

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  • William Blake, 'Nebuchadnezzar' 1795/circa 1805

    William Blake
    Nebuchadnezzar 1795/circa 1805
    Colour print finished in ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 543 x 725 mm frame: 661 x 829 x 50 mm
    Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939

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  • William Blake, 'Landscape near Felpham' circa 1800

    William Blake
    Landscape near Felpham circa 1800
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    support: 237 x 343 mm
    Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922

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  • William Blake, 'The Blasphemer' circa 1800

    William Blake
    The Blasphemer circa 1800
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 384 x 340 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940

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  • William Blake, 'David Delivered out of Many Waters' circa 1805

    William Blake
    David Delivered out of Many Waters circa 1805
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 415 x 348 mm
    Presented by George Thomas Saul 1878

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  • William Blake, 'The River of Life' circa 1805

    William Blake
    The River of Life circa 1805
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    image: 305 x 336 mm support: 442 x 432 mm
    Bequeathed by W. Graham Robertson 1949

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  • William Blake, 'A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall)' circa 1819-20?

    William Blake
    A Vision: The Inspiration of the Poet (Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall) circa 1819-20?
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    image: 244 x 211 mm frame: 530 x 455 x 30 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Edwin C. Cohen and Echoing Green 1989

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  • William Blake, 'The Simoniac Pope' 1824-7

    William Blake
    The Simoniac Pope 1824-7
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 527 x 368 mm
    Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919

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  • William Blake, 'The Blighted Corn' 1821/circa 1830

    William Blake
    The Blighted Corn 1821/circa 1830
    Wood engraving on paper
    image: 34 x 73 mm
    Presented by Herbert Linnell 1924

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