William Blake was born in 1757 to James and Catherine Blake. He was one of six children
1757 - 1767
William was a "different" kid. He is often described as visionary. As a child he claims that he saw angles and that God "put his head to the window."
William started drawing school at age ten. He was different as a child and was not sent to conventional school.
1771 - 1778
After art school William became an apprentice to an engraver, where he was exposed to Gothic styles that influenced his work in the future.
attended and studied at the Royal Academy
1782 - 1827
Blake Married Catherine Boucher in 1782. They never had any children. Catherine was illiterate, so Blake quickly taught Catherine how to read, write and later how to draw.
Blake's first printed poems were called Poetical Sketches. They were a style of apprentice verse poetry.
Poetical Sketches is published
1783 - 1820
Blake wrote poetry and books that were published all the way up until his death. His work has made a profound influence on the world.
Robert Blake dies in the winter of 1787. William claims to have seen his brother's spirit rise up through the ceiling, "clapping its hands for joy."
Poem - All Religions are One is published
There Is No Natural Religion is published
Songs of Innocence is published
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is published
Poem - America, a Prophecy
For Children: The Gates of Paradise is published
Visions of the Daughters of Albion is published
Poem - Europe, A Prophecy is published
Songs of Experience is published
The First Book of Urizen is published
The Book of Ahania is published
The Book of Los is published
The Song of Los
In 1800 Blake moved to Felltham, London where he taught himself Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian.
1808 - 1809
Blake exhibits his works at the Royal academy and his brother James' house.
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise is published
Blake dies in 1827, leaving a great legacy of works for the people of the world.