Art: The Gentle Seer of Felpham

London 's Blake retrospective

Of late, three magnificent exhibitions in London have sharply revised our ideas on the stature of English art in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The first, in 1974, was the Turner retrospective at the Royal Academy; the second was Constable at the Tate Gallery. Now it is William Blake's turn. Through May, some 340 of his works are on view at the Tate, in a comprehensive show organized by Art Historian Martin Butlin: paintings, drawings, watercolors, woodcuts, color prints, illustrated books.

Blake's reputation has grown steadily over the past 50 years. He is no longer pictured as a...

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