Emanations

Printing Blake in Houston

Printing Blake in Houston

Trustee of the Blake Society John Riordan writes  about his experience printing with the replica Blake  press at Rice University, Houston. Earlier this month I had the great privilege of heading to Houston (my first time in Texas) and spending two days printing on the replica Blake press at the Fondren Library, Rice University. The printing press is a modern replica of the 18th century rolling press that Blake would have used, originally created by the Blake scholar and master printer Michael Phillips for his 2014 Blake exhibition at the Ashmolean. The press lived in Oxford for a few years but by a somewhat strange series of events has ended up in Houston, where, by an even stranger quirk of fate (and generosity) I was allowed not only to ogle it but to use it to print replica Blake...

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In Memory of Morris Eaves

In Memory of Morris Eaves

Trustees and friends of The Blake Society pay tribute to the late, great Morris Eaves. Morris Eaves was one of the most influential Blake scholars in the post-war period, both in terms of his original contributions to knowledge, but also through his editorial work which was incredibly farsighted. He was probably known to most readers through his comprehensive revision of A Blake Dictionary, which offered a golden thread through the complexities of Blake’s often esoteric philosophy and mythology, while his editorship of The Cambridge Companion to William Blake brought together many of the most important scholars of the day to illuminate all aspects of Blake. As an art historian, he transformed our thinking regarding Blake’s works, first by examining Blake’s own ideas more thoroughly in...

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Open Letter to The Guardian

Open Letter to The Guardian

An open letter to The Guardian in response to Jonathan Jones' review of William Blake's Universe at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Dear Editor,  We at The Blake Society are inspired by William Blake but we don’t live in the past. Through our monthly events and publications, we attempt to apply that inspiration to the complex messiness in our time. What we share is a distaste of doctrine and ideas that flatten humanity into two dimensional stereotypes. We believe it is worth thinking about what Blake was trying to achieve; he represents every person’s creative effort to see and live past their own lifetime. For us, Blake is for everybody. We recognise it is not easy to explain Blake’s founding concepts in one article, such as Jonathan Jones’ review (23 February 2024) of William...

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Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

For as long as I have been enamored with Blake’s work, I have held the view that Catherine was far more involved in the creative process than was generally known. Over the many decades that I taught Blake’s illuminated poetry to college students at Long Island University, I presented this idea, based on what I knew about the wives of artists. Those who don’t compete as creative artists, like Lee Krasner with Jackson Pollock, or Georgia O’Keefe with Alfred Stieglitz, often remain in the shadows as silent partners, financial supporters, and emotional stabilizers. Blake had a name for such female personae—emanations. Fortunately he believed that the separation of male figures from their emanations brought ruin, resulting in a fallen world! This is probably because in religious terms the...

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William Blake: Visionary

William Blake: Visionary

Impressions of the exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, by Hugo Larman. Now on show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles until 14 January 2024, William Blake: Visionary brings together a wealth of Blake’s prints and paintings from Tate Britain in London with works from American collections. Roughly sixty percent of the exhibits are from the Tate and forty percent from American collections. Works on loan from the Tate include selections from the large colour prints of 1795 and illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Tempera and watercolour paintings include The Ghost of a Flea and Meditations among the Tombs. Much of the rest is drawn from three major American collections. The Getty Museum itself exhibits Blake’s large colour print Satan Exulting over Eve (which has been used to...

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Blake Society Trustees

Blake Society Trustees

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Blake Society will be held on Zoom on 17 January 2024 at 7.30 PM (UK time). The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for us to update members and followers about the key events and work of the year. We will also report on accounts and the new ideas and campaigns that we will be taking forward into 2024. This is the meeting at which the Trustees of The Blake Society are formally appointed to serve for the year, so we thought it might be a good time to explain what we do and to reintroduce the current Trustees. We’re a dedicated group of Trustees, who work together well and effectively; between us we have a wide range of knowledge, experience and interests and can pool all that expertise for the benefit of the Society. As Trustees, we have a...

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VALA #4: ‘Eternity is in love with the productions of time’

VALA #4: ‘Eternity is in love with the productions of time’

Issue 4 of VALA, the journal of The Blake Society, is published on 28 November 2023 as a free download from our website. There will be an online launch the following day, Wednesday 29 November at 7.30 PM, to which all are welcome. Here, Editor of VALA and Chairperson of The Blake Society, Sibylle Erle, introduces our new issue, with the theme of 'War and Peace'. Rouze up O Young Men of the New Age! set your foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For we have Hirelings in the Camp, the Court, & the University: who would if they could, for ever depress Mental & prolong Corporeal War. Painters! on you I call! Sculptors! Architects! (Milton, pl. 1 [i], E95) Little did we know, when we announced in November 2022, that issue four of VALA was going to be about ‘War and Peace’, that...

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Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

On 11 September The Blake Society was delighted to attend the unveiling of the restored Blake Mosaics, based on pages from Songs of Innocence and Of Experience, at Surbiton Station. The mosaics were originally created by London School of Mosaic and were displayed for many years in the arches near Waterloo station. They have been restored at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College by Artist in Residence Jo Lewis, part of a collaboration between the college, London School of Mosaic, Friends of Surbiton Station, and Surbiton Art Trail. You can read an earlier Emanation on the project by RHACC Programme Leader Anna Stearman here.  On the day, we retired to Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College for coffee and pastries, where Blake Society Trustee John Riordan made the...

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Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Jason Wright introduces his new book, which analyses Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job and shows their relevance in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; prior to this, I worked in theatre as a director and a manager. As I transitioned between the not-so-different traditions, I became close to Blake. Whilst training, I offered to make a presentation about the Jungian Self. Edinger, a Jungian analyst, had written using Blake’s Job myth exploring the relationship between the Self, the archetype of the whole of the individual human experience rooted in a collective unconscious and the ego, the archetype where consciousness arises. The relationship explored is rooted in symbol formation not unlike the action of Blake’s contraries. Symbol in...

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The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

Agricultural scientist Keith Davies writes about his forthcoming book on Blake, science and the imagination. I work as an agricultural scientist at the University of Hertfordshire where I am an Associate Professor. At the end of July my book, William Blake, the Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep: A History of Science, Poetry and Progress will be published by Routledge. One of the major factors influencing my choice in becoming a scientist was Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man TV series, but I had grown up in a household full of my mother’s poetry books and therefore also had an interest in the arts. One day as an undergraduate and browsing in the college bookshop, at the then Hatfield Polytechnic, I came across a paperback of William Blake’s poems edited and introduced by Bronowski. At...

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Printing Blake in Houston

Printing Blake in Houston

Trustee of the Blake Society John Riordan writes  about his experience printing with the replica Blake  press at Rice University, Houston. Earlier this month I had the great privilege of heading to Houston (my first time in Texas) and spending two days printing on the replica Blake press at the Fondren Library, Rice University. The printing press is a modern replica of the 18th century rolling...

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In Memory of Morris Eaves

In Memory of Morris Eaves

Trustees and friends of The Blake Society pay tribute to the late, great Morris Eaves. Morris Eaves was one of the most influential Blake scholars in the post-war period, both in terms of his original contributions to knowledge, but also through his editorial work which was incredibly farsighted. He was probably known to most readers through his comprehensive revision of A Blake Dictionary,...

read more
Open Letter to The Guardian

Open Letter to The Guardian

An open letter to The Guardian in response to Jonathan Jones' review of William Blake's Universe at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Dear Editor,  We at The Blake Society are inspired by William Blake but we don’t live in the past. Through our monthly events and publications, we attempt to apply that inspiration to the complex messiness in our time. What we share is a distaste of doctrine and...

read more
Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

For as long as I have been enamored with Blake’s work, I have held the view that Catherine was far more involved in the creative process than was generally known. Over the many decades that I taught Blake’s illuminated poetry to college students at Long Island University, I presented this idea, based on what I knew about the wives of artists. Those who don’t compete as creative artists, like Lee...

read more
William Blake: Visionary

William Blake: Visionary

Impressions of the exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, by Hugo Larman. Now on show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles until 14 January 2024, William Blake: Visionary brings together a wealth of Blake’s prints and paintings from Tate Britain in London with works from American collections. Roughly sixty percent of the exhibits are from the Tate and forty percent from American...

read more
Blake Society Trustees

Blake Society Trustees

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Blake Society will be held on Zoom on 17 January 2024 at 7.30 PM (UK time). The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for us to update members and followers about the key events and work of the year. We will also report on accounts and the new ideas and campaigns that we will be taking forward into 2024. This is the meeting at which the Trustees of The...

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VALA #4: ‘Eternity is in love with the productions of time’

VALA #4: ‘Eternity is in love with the productions of time’

Issue 4 of VALA, the journal of The Blake Society, is published on 28 November 2023 as a free download from our website. There will be an online launch the following day, Wednesday 29 November at 7.30 PM, to which all are welcome. Here, Editor of VALA and Chairperson of The Blake Society, Sibylle Erle, introduces our new issue, with the theme of 'War and Peace'. Rouze up O Young Men of the New...

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Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

On 11 September The Blake Society was delighted to attend the unveiling of the restored Blake Mosaics, based on pages from Songs of Innocence and Of Experience, at Surbiton Station. The mosaics were originally created by London School of Mosaic and were displayed for many years in the arches near Waterloo station. They have been restored at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College by...

read more
Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Jason Wright introduces his new book, which analyses Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job and shows their relevance in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; prior to this, I worked in theatre as a director and a manager. As I transitioned between the not-so-different traditions, I became close to Blake. Whilst training, I offered to make a...

read more
The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

Agricultural scientist Keith Davies writes about his forthcoming book on Blake, science and the imagination. I work as an agricultural scientist at the University of Hertfordshire where I am an Associate Professor. At the end of July my book, William Blake, the Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep: A History of Science, Poetry and Progress will be published by Routledge. One of the major factors...

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Printing Blake in Houston

Printing Blake in Houston

Trustee of the Blake Society John Riordan writes  about his experience printing with the replica Blake  press at Rice University, Houston. Earlier this month I had the great privilege of heading to Houston (my first time in Texas) and spending two...

read more
In Memory of Morris Eaves

In Memory of Morris Eaves

Trustees and friends of The Blake Society pay tribute to the late, great Morris Eaves. Morris Eaves was one of the most influential Blake scholars in the post-war period, both in terms of his original contributions to knowledge, but also through...

read more
Open Letter to The Guardian

Open Letter to The Guardian

An open letter to The Guardian in response to Jonathan Jones' review of William Blake's Universe at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Dear Editor,  We at The Blake Society are inspired by William Blake but we don’t live in the past. Through our...

read more
Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

For as long as I have been enamored with Blake’s work, I have held the view that Catherine was far more involved in the creative process than was generally known. Over the many decades that I taught Blake’s illuminated poetry to college students at...

read more
William Blake: Visionary

William Blake: Visionary

Impressions of the exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, by Hugo Larman. Now on show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles until 14 January 2024, William Blake: Visionary brings together a wealth of Blake’s prints and paintings from Tate...

read more
Blake Society Trustees

Blake Society Trustees

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Blake Society will be held on Zoom on 17 January 2024 at 7.30 PM (UK time). The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for us to update members and followers about the key events and work of the year. We...

read more
Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

Mosaics and ‘Minute Particulars’

On 11 September The Blake Society was delighted to attend the unveiling of the restored Blake Mosaics, based on pages from Songs of Innocence and Of Experience, at Surbiton Station. The mosaics were originally created by London School of Mosaic and...

read more
Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Blake’s Job: Adventures in Becoming

Jason Wright introduces his new book, which analyses Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job and shows their relevance in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; prior to this, I worked in theatre as a...

read more
The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

The Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep

Agricultural scientist Keith Davies writes about his forthcoming book on Blake, science and the imagination. I work as an agricultural scientist at the University of Hertfordshire where I am an Associate Professor. At the end of July my book,...

read more