Person    | Male  Born 28/11/1757  Died 12/8/1827

William Blake

Categories: Art, Poetry, Seriously Famous

Poet and artist. Except for 3 years spent on the coast near Bognor, Blake lived his whole life in London, making his living as an engraver. Born at 28 Broad Street, now Broadwick Street (the memorial being in Marshall Street). 1782 married Catherine.

Wrote Jerusalem in his rooms in South Molton Street, the only one of his 5 London homes to survive, the other 3 being: 28 Poland Street, (no plaque), Leicester Square (briefly, no plaque) and 3 Fountain Court at the Strand where he lived his last 7 years and died a poor man.

His friend George Richmond closed Blake's eyes "to keep the vision in". Buried in Bunhill Fields Dissenters' Burial Ground. This was damaged during WW2 and restored in 1960 by which time the precise location of Blake's remains had been forgotten, or at least lost in the archives.

In 2007 there is a campaign to re-mark the grave and to build a monument to this truly great Londoner. And 2018: iNews reports that a new gravestone, in the correct location, will be unveiled in August.

The Blake Archive web site, given as the Picture Source is a magnificent site.

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William Blake

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Bunhill burial ground - 2

In this ground are the vaults of {see the Subjects commemorated for the list ...

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Linnell & Blake

Greater London Council John Linnell, 1792 - 1882, painter lived here. Wil...

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Spirit of Soho Mural

Interesting that Coca Cola are specifically mentioned on the panel but not as...

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William Blake - SE1

The shield with the red crosses is from the Coat of arms of the City of Londo...

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William Blake - SE1 - lost plaque

This plaque, shown in both this drawing (by Adcock from Culture 24) and the p...

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British Library - Newton

Bronze, 12 foot high (and he's sitting down).  Via Facebook Henri Hudson has ...

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Iolo Morganwg

The plaque of Anglesey Stone designed and carved by Morris was unveiled at mi...

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Start of the third Millennium in Belgrave Square

The poetry is from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake.For other armill...

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Sir Osbert Lancaster

Sir Osbert Lancaster

Cartoonist and writer. Son of Robert, grandson of Sir William, he was born at the Notting Hill house with the plaque. At Oxford University he became friends with Betjeman and after art school worke...

Person, Art, Humour

1 memorial
Clarkson Stanfield

Clarkson Stanfield

Theatrical scenic artist, marine and landscape painter, Royal Academician. Born Sunderland. Died Hampstead.

Person, Art, Theatre

2 memorials
Robert Edward Ryder, VC

Robert Edward Ryder, VC

In 2009 we were contacted by Alexander Ferguson Moran (Fergus), saying his granddaughter’s husband’s great grandfather was Robert Ryder, VC.  Fergus could not easily get to London to investigate th...

Person, Art, Artists' Model

War served, WW1
2 memorials
Robert Gordon McHarg III

Robert Gordon McHarg III

Opened the Subway Gallery in 2006.

Person, Art, Museums / Libraries, Canada

1 memorial
James McBey

James McBey

Etcher and painter. Born at Newmill, Foveran, near Newburgh, Scotland. Self taught artist, he printed his early etchings using a mangle. He was an artist at the western front in World War I, and wa...

Person, Art, France, Israel/Palestine, Morocco, Scotland, USA

1 memorial