Tate Britain

William Blake's Legacy, 1920s-1980s

Upper level Clore Gallery
Cecil Collins, ‘The Sleeping Fool’ 1943
Cecil Collins, The Sleeping Fool 1943. Tate. © Tate

Explore the work and legacy of William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827) was neglected and misunderstood during his lifetime, but has been admired in modern times as a visionary and an inspiration for generations of artists and writers. This display will focus on how his mystical and Christian legacy was combined with surrealist and modernist themes in British art from the 1920s.

Curated by Martin Myrone

Sir Stanley Spencer, ‘The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon’ 1921
Sir Stanley Spencer
The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon 1921
© Estate of Stanley Spencer


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