Happy Birthday William Blake

On November 28, we celebrate the birth of poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).  Blake and his wife Catherine spent 10 years living at no. 13 Hercules Buildings in Lambeth, where they created some of the most beautiful illuminated books ever produced. That house was demolished in 1912.

A few years ago, a group of Southbank artists joined with 300 volunteers to research, design, create, and install 70 mosaics in Blake’s honor. The project took seven years to complete, filling several of the Waterloo Station tunnels that connect with the present-day Hercules Road. The mosaics aren’t easy to find but they are definitely worth the effort.
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blake141790: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
1793: Visions of the Daughters of Albion
1793: America a Prophecy
1794: Songs of Innocence and of Experience
1796: Original Stories from Real Life; With Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and Goodness