WILLIAM BLAKE

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Childhood

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."

Birth

1757

William Blake was born in 1757 to James and Catherine Blake. He was one of six children

Art school

1767

William started drawing school at age ten. He was different as a child and was not sent to conventional school.

Apprentice

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.

Royal Academy

1778

attended and studied at the Royal Academy

Marriage

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.

Poetical Sketches

1783

Poetical Sketches is published

First printed poems

1783

Blake's first printed poems were called Poetical Sketches. They were a style of apprentice verse poetry.

Poetry

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.

Brother Dies

1787

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."

All Religions Are One

1788

Poem - All Religions are One is published

There Is No Natural Religion

1788

There Is No Natural Religion is published

Songs of Innocence

1789

Songs of Innocence is published

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

1790

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is published

For Children: The Gates of Paradise

1793

For Children: The Gates of Paradise is published

America, a Prophecy

1793

Poem - America, a Prophecy

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

1793

Visions of the Daughters of Albion is published

Europe, A Prophecy

1794

Poem - Europe, A Prophecy is published

Songs of Experience

1794

Songs of Experience is published

Songs of Experience

1794

Songs of Experience is published

The First Book of Urizen

1794

The First Book of Urizen is published

The Book of Los

1795

The Book of Los is published

The Book of Ahania

1795

The Book of Ahania is published

The Song of Los

1795

The Song of Los

Moved to Felltham

1800

In 1800 Blake moved to Felltham, London where he taught himself Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian.

Exhibits works

1808 - 1809

Blake exhibits his works at the Royal academy and his brother James' house.

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise

1820

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise is published

Death

1827

Blake dies in 1827, leaving a great legacy of works for the people of the world.