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William Blake 2020 Calendar

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Now considered a seminal poet, painter, and engraver of the Romantic Age, William Blake (British, 1757–1827) achieved recognition as a poet during his lifetime but was not widely known as an artist. Despite having followed a rather conventional path to an art career (drawing school, apprenticeship to an engraver, and subsequent formal art study at the Royal Academy in London), Blake was an original thinker and an artistic innovator. He invented relief etching (which he called illuminated printing), a process that allowed the integration and handcolouring of text and illustration within the same printed image. Using this new printing technique he self-published illuminated books of his poetry and art.

Blake’s dual significance to his era as both writer and artist, as well as his influence on future generations, continues to capture the attention of scholars and laypeople to this day.

Printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable. Measures 12 x 13 in.


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