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William Blake: Poet, Printer, Prophet

October 24 – November 22, 1964
Ground Floor, Galleries G-9, G-10, G-11, G-12

William Blake, Job's Evil Dreams, 1825, engraving, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.1813

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This was the first American showing of an exhibition arranged by the Blake Trust. It had been held the previous summer at the Tate Gallery in London. Rare books and manuscripts were lent to the exhibition by Lessing Rosenwald, Paul Mellon, Sir Geoffrey Keynes, founder of the Blake Trust, and Kerrison Preston. Also included were facsimile books made for the Blake Trust by the Trianon Press, Paris.

Organization: A large part of the exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Commemorative handbook: An Exhibition of the Illuminated Books of William Blake: Poet, Printer, Prophet, by Geoffrey Keynes. Paris: Trianon Press for the Blake Trust, 1964.

Attendance: 10,071

Other Venues: Tate Gallery, London
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, December 5, 1964–January 3, 1965
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, January 16–February 14, 1965
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, February 27–March 28, 1965
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, April 10–May 9, 1965
Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, July 3–August 1, 1965
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, September 25–October 24, 1965
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, December 18, 1965–January 1, 1966
Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, November 19–December 18, 1966

Blake, William
British, 1757 - 1827