William Blake: Apprentice and Master

In December, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will take a look at the life and works of English printmaker, painter and prophetic poet William Blake (1757–1827), whose radical political views were often reflected in his work. More than 90 pieces will be on display, including a complete set of the plates from Europe: A Prophecy, a book from 1794 of which only nine known copies exist

 

Abel and the Shepherd, by George Richmond, 1825 © Tate, London

 

 

The Return Home, by Edward Calvert, after 1830 © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

 

‘The Accusers of Theft, Murder and Adultary’ from The Large Book of Designs, by William Blake, 1796 © British Museum

 

 

Frontispiece and facing title page from Songs of Innocence, by William Blake, 1789 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

 

 

Nebuchadnezzar, by William Blake, c1795–1805 © Tate, London

 

 

The House of Death / The Lazar House, by William Blake, c1795 © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

William Blake: Apprentice and Master is on show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, from 4 December–1 March 2015. For more information, and to book tickets, visit www.ashmolean.org

 

 

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