- The Spiritual Humanism of William Blake [Chronology]
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William Blake
(1757 - 1827)

1757 Born in London, 28 November
1767 Father sends him to Henry Par's drawing school in the Strand
1768 Begins writing Poetical Sketches
1771 Becomes an apprentice of Basire the engraver
1779 Leaves Basire and enters the Royal Academy
1782 50 copies of Poetical Sketches printed
1782 Becomes a freelance engraver
1782 Marries Catherine Boucher on 18 August
1783 Blake's father dies in July
1784 Opens a print shop with James Parker at 27 Broad Street
1787 Brother Robert dies at age 19, In a vision, Robert shows William a new method of engraving
1788 Natural Religion, the first of his illuminated works, published
1789 Songs of Innocence published
1790 Marriage of Heaven and Hell published
1791 The French Revolution published
1791 Blake's mother dies in September
1791 Illustrates Wollstonecraft's Original Stories from Real Life
1793 America: A Prophecy published
1793 Visions of the Daughters of Albion published
1794 Songs of Innocence and of Experience published
1794 The First Book of Urizen published
1795 The Song of Los published
1800 Moves to Felpham in Sussex
1803 Charged with high treason (based on the testimony of an inebriated soldier) and put on trial at Chichester - he is acquitted
1809 Exhibition at the Royal Academy fails to attract any significant interest
1810 Begins to suffer bouts of severe depression which last until 1817
1817 Hesiod is published
1820 First Copy of Jerusalem printed
1826 Job published
1827 Dies 12 August of complications from gallstones. Is buried in an unmarked grave at Bunhill Fields.

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