This major exhibition focused on the extraordinary life and work of William Blake (1757–1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books.

It examined his formation as an artist, including his apprenticeship as an engraver, and his maturity during the 1790s when he was at the height of his powers as both an artist and revolutionary poet. The exhibition also explored his influence on the young artist-printmakers who gathered around him in the last years of his life, including Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.

The exhibition was open at the Ashmolean Museum 4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015.

Quotes about an Ashmolean exhibition from newspaper reviews and from Philip Pullman


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This exhibition has been generously supported by The William Delafield Charitable Trust and The Patrons of the Ashmolean.

William Blake: Apprentice and Master has been curated by Dr Michael Phillips, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York; and Mr Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art, Ashmolean Museum.