6 Facts About William Blake

1. At the last moment, William Blake reported that he saw Robert's departing spirit 'ascend heavenward through the matter-of-fact ceiling, clapping its hands for joy'.

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2. Dr John Trusler was one such patron whom William Blake failed to please.

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3. At the age of twenty-two, William Blake became a student of the Royal Academy, which meant that he could draw from models, living and antique, and attend lectures and exhibitions for six years.

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4. Over time, William Blake began to resent his new patron, believing that Hayley was uninterested in true artistry, and preoccupied with "the meer drudgery of business".

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5. Over time, William Blake came to detest Reynolds' attitude towards art, especially his pursuit of "general truth" and "general beauty".

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6. In 2002, William Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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