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William Blake

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.

To celebrate William Blake's 262nd birthday, Tate is collaborating with St Paul's Cathedral to project the artist's final work, Ancient of Days, on to its dome.

It was always Blake's ambition to have his work displayed on a huge scale. St Paul’s was a key site for Blake: he referred to it in his poetry and the architecture influenced his religious and historic artworks. Today, it houses a memorial to him.

The artwork will be projected on the south, river-facing side of the dome from 28 November – 1 December 2019 (16.30-21.00 each evening). For the best view, we recommend approaching St Paul's Cathedral across the Millennium Bridge from the south bank. It will be free to view.

William Blake’s The Ancient of Days 1827 (Whitworth, University of Manchester) projected by Tate Britain onto St Paul’s Cathedral  Photo: © Tate (Alex Wojcik)

William Blake’s The Ancient of Days 1827 (Whitworth, University of Manchester) projected by Tate Britain onto St Paul’s Cathedral
Photo: © Tate (Alex Wojcik)

William Blake’s The Ancient of Days 1827 (Whitworth, University of Manchester) projected by Tate Britain onto St Paul’s Cathedral  Photo: © Tate (Alex Wojcik)

William Blake’s The Ancient of Days 1827 (Whitworth, University of Manchester) projected by Tate Britain onto St Paul’s Cathedral
Photo: © Tate (Alex Wojcik)

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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Dates

11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Tate Britain is open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain (except January)

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.

Pricing

£18 / FREE for Members

Concessions £17

Family child 12–18 years £5

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

16–25? Join Tate Collective for £5 tickets

School groups must be booked in advance

Tickets can be booked online or by phone on +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 (9.45–18.00 daily)

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