Relatively unknown as an artist during his lifetime, poet, painter, and engraver William Blake “neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work’y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself ‘a divine child,’” said Alexander Gilchrist in his Life of William Blake (1863). A visionary since childhood, Blake (British, 1757–1827) held strong beliefs about religion, politics, and art, which he personalized and channeled into poetry and artwork. Although he famously stated, “I will not reason and compare: my business is to create,” he believed that his works—sometimes mystical, often controversial—were understood by the majority. While Blake holds dual significance to his era as writer and artist, today his work—of paramount importance to the Western canon—continues to capture the attention of scholars and laypeople alike. Calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper. Measures 12 x 13 in.