William Blake, 'Elohim Creating Adam' 1795/circa 1805
William Blake
Elohim Creating Adam 1795/circa 1805
Colour print finished in ink and watercolour on paper
support: 431 x 536 mm
Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939

William Blake was born in 1757, and died in 1827, at the age of sixty-nine.

Apart from three years spent in the countryside at Felpham in Sussex, he lived in London; and the city played a central role in shaping his life and ideas.

Although Blake worked non-stop right up until his death producing a remarkable body of work, he was not appreciated during his lifetime and lived much of his life in poverty. He spent his final years in a squalid two-room flat and was buried in an un-marked grave.