During his lifetime he was not very well known. Today Blake's work is thought to be important in the history of both poetryand the visual arts. He often painted the images to go along with his poems and hand coloured them. He is now revered as one of Britain’s most symbolic, but sadly overlooked, artists.
Jacob’s Ladder, 1799-1806
Songs Of Innocence, 1825
Classical Head Study
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Gainsborough was one of the great masters of 18th century painting in Britain, best known for his portraits. Gainsborough was born in 1727 and was the son of a weaver. By the age of 13 he had impressed his father with his ability to sketch out drawings in pencil and his father allowed him to go to London to study art in 1740. As a result of poor sales in the 1740s Gainsborough returned to his home town of Sudbury, Suffolk in 1748 and spent the next year concentrating on portraits. One of his best known paintings is Mr and Mrs Andrews, which depicts a local couple sitting in a local meadow and painted in portrait.
He exhibited his portraits with the Royal Academy from 1769 until 1773 when poor relations with them prompted him to stop. In 1780 Gainsborough painted portraits of George III and his Queen and when he died in 1788 he was buried at St.Anne’s Church, Kew, as was his wish – a wish he expressed to the king.