William Blake (1757 – 1827)
was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime,
Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts
of the Romantic Age. Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries
for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics
for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents
within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as “Pre-Romantic”. Despite that, the singularity of Blake’s work makes him difficult to classify. Blake experimented with relief etching, A method he used to produce most of his books, paintings, pamphlets and poems.