FC: William Blake
1: William Blake was born on 28 November, 1757, in London, England, the third son of Catherine née Wright (1723–1792) and James Blake (c.1723–1784) a hosier and haberdasher on Broad Street in Golden Square, Soho.
3: He first became known in 1863 with Alexander Gilchrist's biography “Life” and was only fully recognized at the beginning of the twentieth century. His art had been most likely too adventurous for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, maybe you could even say he was ahead of his time? Either way, today he is a huge famous figure of Romantic literature.
4: Blake’s work doesn’t fall neatly into one category, but much of it can relate to things such as heaven and hell, innocence and experience, spirit and reason, and the struggle of good and evil.
6: some artists he admired included Raphael, Michelangelo, Giulio, Romano and Dürer. | He was influenced by Gothic art and agriculture
10: Throughout his childhood he was said to be prone to fantastic visions, like seeing God, and angels in a tree. He would later claim of having regular conversations with his deceased brother Robert. It was soon apparent that Blake’s world of imagination would be a prime motivator throughout his life | Noting something special in their son the Blakes were highly supportive of and encouraged his artistic creativity and thus began his education and development as an artist
12: His family couldn't afford an artists apprenticeship, so at the age of 14, he was apprenticed for seven years to the engraver James Basire. Working for him twelve hours a day, six days a week. Only on Sundays Blake returned to his home
13: After completing his apprenticeship six years later, he joined the Royal Academy of Art. At this point his art and engraving remained separate | He wrote and drew for pleasure and simply engraved to earn a living. In 1784 he opened his own shop and in the same year completed “Island in the Moon”,
14: After getting good at engraving he made his first illuminated book called "songs of innocence" | He wanted his poetry to be more than just words on a page, so he illuminated them to get a more desired effect.
15: William Blake died in 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave at Bunhill Fields