Portrait of the artist William Blake, Tate William Blake learning resource
Half-length portrait of William Blake, etching, 1808
Frontispiece to Blair's The Grave (1808) first edition London, 1813

Born into an ordinary middle class family in London in 1757, William Blake achieved some success (and notoriety) as a writer and printmaker, but died in virtual poverty nearly seventy years later. 

In this bitesize story of his life, discover the ups and downs that inspired and shaped his ideas and work: from a happy childhood – when his visionary genius first became apparent; through a troubled middle-age; to his final years when he gained recognition and admiration from a young group of influential artists who ensured his art and ideas lived on.