William Blake The Artist by Ruthven ToddRuthven Todd was the 20th century editor of Alexander Gilchrists 1863 two volume biography of Blake, Life of William Blake.
In this short work Todd follows Blake year by year, briefly characterizing relevant events and works.
Todd writes in his Introduction:
Here I have tried not only to provide a handbook for those who would like to know something about the manner in which William Blake lived as an artist until his death as an old man aged nearly seventy but also, since I myself have tried to repeat nearly all of his techniques, to suggest some ways in which his personal effects might have been achieved.
The chronological form which I have chosen is one which allows me to show the works of Blake’s own creation and, also, through the years, the commercial labors which, flowing and ebbing, enabled him to retain his unique identity. This form has the advantage, too, of displaying something of the extraordinary energy to which his output bears witness. Intentionally, although I list important personal events and his books, I have avoided all discussion of his work as a poet.
The book has many illustrations (in black and white), often one per page, many of which are not commonly reproduced.
William Blake's Life
Poet, painter, engraver, and visionary William Blake worked to bring about a change both in the social order and in the minds of men. Though in his lifetime his work was largely neglected or dismissed, he is now considered one of the leading lights of English poetry, and his work has only grown in popularity. Far from being an isolated mystic, Blake lived and worked in the teeming metropolis of London at a time of great social and political change that profoundly influenced his writing. In addition to being considered one of the most visionary of English poets and one of the great progenitors of English Romanticism, his visual artwork is highly regarded around the world. Blake was born on November 28, Unlike many well-known writers of his day, Blake was born into a family of moderate means.
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. After art school William became an apprentice to an engraver, where he was exposed to Gothic styles that influenced his work in the future. Blake Married Catherine Boucher in
Important dates and events in William Blake's Life Robert (younger by nearly 10 years), and sister Catherine figure in B.'s later life in any significant way.
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William Blake by Tobias Churton
Nov 28, William Blake was born on November 28 in the Soho district in London. Aug 1, William Blake went to school only long enough to learn how to read and write. Aug 4, William Blake became an aprenticed engraver to James Basire.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. He was born in Soho, London, where he lived most of his life, and was son to a hosier and his wife, both Dissenters. Blake's early ambitions lay not with poetry but with painting and at the age of 14, after attending drawing school, he was apprenticed to James Basire, engraver. After his seven-year term was complete, Blake studied at the Royal Academy, but he is known to have questioned the aesthetic doctrines of its president, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and his stay there was brief. It nonetheless afforded him friendships with John Flaxman and Henry Fuseli, academics whose work may have influenced him.