During his lifetime he was not very well known. Today Blake's work is thought to be important in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Blake's first collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, was printed around 1783. His most famous poem "And did those feet in ancient time" was, over 100 years later, put to music by Hubert Parry. The hymn is called "Jerusalem".
Illustrated by Blake[change | change source]
- 1791: Mary Wollstonecraft, Original Stories from Real Life
- 1796: Gottfried August Bürger, Leonora (not engraved by him)
- 1797: Edward Young, Night Thoughts
- 1805–1808: Robert Blair, The Grave
- 1808: John Milton, Paradise Lost
- 1819–1820: John Varley, Visionary Heads
- 1821: R.J. Thornton, Virgil
- 1823–1826: The Book of Job
- 1824–1827: John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (Not finished)
- 1825–1827: Dante, The Divine Comedy (Blake died in 1827 with work on these illustrations still unfinished. Of the 102 watercolours, 7 had been selected for engraving)
References[change | change source]
- Wilson, Mona. The Life of William Blake, 1948, London: Rupert Hart-Davis, page 77.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William Blake.|
- Recent Discovery of the Location of William Blake's Grave.
- The William Blake Archive, a multi-media archive, sponsored by the Library of Congress
- Works by William Blake at Project Gutenberg
- Blake250: 2007 London festival celebrating 250 years of William Blake's influence
- Paintings of William Blake