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In pictures: William Blake

Jacob's Ladder 1799-1806.  The Trustees of the British Museum

Tate Britain is to re-stage William Blake's 1809 solo exhibition, reuniting nine of his surviving works 200 years after they were first displayed.

The Penance of Jane Shore in St Paul's Church circa 1793.  Tate

William Blake (1757-1827) was a poet, printmaker, visionary and artist whose work was both profoundly personal and universal.

The Bard, from Gray 1809.  Tate

In 1809, determined to make a name for himself as an artist, Blake held an exhibition of 16 works at his brother's shop in Golden Square, Soho, London.

Christ in the Sepulchre, Guarded by Angels 1805.  V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

But the exhibition was not a critical success, with only a single, negative review published in the press.

The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth 1805.  Tate

The Tate Britain exhibition will bring together nine of the surviving works from Blake's original show when it opens in April.

Satan Calling up his Legions 1795-1800.  V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It will include works from the Tate Collection along with loans from the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and Southampton Art Gallery.

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve circa 1826.  Tate

The display will also include a number of related works by Blake, and more conventional paintings displayed in other exhibitions in London in 1809 - including pictures by JMW Turner.

The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan circa 1805-9.  Tate

The free exhibition will open on 20 April and run until 4 October 2009.



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