Tate Britain Exhibition

William Blake

naked man with long white hair sat crouching in a dark red sky

William Blake 'Europe' Plate i: Frontispiece, 'The Ancient of Days' 1827 (?) © The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

Experience Blake’s visionary art in his largest show in a generation​

William Blake was a painter, printmaker and poet who created some of the most iconic images in British art.

Radical and rebellious, he is an inspiration to visual artists, musicians, poets and performers worldwide. His personal struggles in a period of political terror and oppression, his technical innovation, his vision and political commitment, have perhaps never been more pertinent.

Inside the exhibition is an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. You can experience for yourself the impact these works had when they were shown for the first time. In another room, Blake’s dream of showing his works at enormous scale is made reality using digital technology.

With over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It rediscovers him as a visual artist for the 21st century.

William Blake, ‘The Ghost of a Flea’ c.1819–20
William Blake
The Ghost of a Flea c.1819–20
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drawing of a man in a dark hat outside

John Linnell William Blake Wearing a Hat circa 1825 Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge, UK)

William Blake, ‘The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth’ ?1805
William Blake
The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth ?1805
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two angels over a body

​William Blake Christ in the Sepulchre, guarded by Angels c. 1805 Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)

William Blake, ‘Newton’ 1795–c.1805
William Blake
Newton 1795–c.1805
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William Blake, ‘Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils’ c.1826
William Blake
Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils c.1826
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Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Dates

11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

All advance tickets are now sold out

Members don't need to book to see the exhibition - just show your membership card at the entrance. Exclusive Members Hours take place on Saturday and Sunday morning, 9.00–10.00. Join now

A very limited amount of day tickets will be released at 10.00 each day when the gallery opens. Day tickets are for entry times throughout the day on that day only and are available to purchase in person from the Manton ticket desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Day tickets are likely to sell out quickly so come early to avoid disappointment. You may need to wait between your ticket purchase and your timed exhibition entry.

Once these tickets are gone, the exhibition will be sold out for the day. If you plan to buy tickets this way, aim to get to the gallery for when it opens, and be prepared that you may be buying tickets for a much later time slot that day.

Please be aware that the art of William Blake contains strong and sometimes challenging imagery, including some depictions of cruelty, suffering, sexual violence and the brutal treatment of enslaved people. Please contact info@tate.org.uk if you would like more information.

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