Born 1757, Blake was one of England’s greatest visionaries. He was an artist, philosopher and poet who used highly original and personal symbolism to express his mystical vision. Central to his work is the human form as a representation of spirituality released from earthly concerns. From about 1787 Blake developed a method of colour printing which brought together text and illustration in one unit. He achieved little public recognition but in 1818 the sympathetic patronage of the painter John Linnel ensured him a livelihood. Died 1827.