William Blake was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street (now Broadwick St.) in Soho, London. He was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. Blake’s father, James, was a hosier. He attended school only long enough to learn reading and writing, leaving at the age of ten, and was otherwise educated at home by his mother Catherine Blake (née Wright).
He is an important figure of the Romantic age. … As well as painting Blake also made books of his poems which he illustrated.
One of his most famous works is a book called Songs of Innocence and Experience
Blake is recognised as a saint in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.
The Blake Prize for Religious Artwas established in his honour in Australia in 1949. In 1957 a memorial to Blake and his wife was erected in Westminster Abbey.
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