Emanations

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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Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Comic artist and Blake enthusiast David Battersby shares his comic strip version of The Book of Los and reflects on the experience of adapting Blake’s poetry and art. Believe it or not, I did not set out to adapt The Book of Los into a comic strip. It just happened that way. It all started with the cover art. I thought it would be fun to adapt the cover of the first issue of Superman and replace Superman’s image with that of Los. Superman gets his powers from the yellow sun and the name of Los spelt backwards is Sol, which is the Latin word for sun. So that was essentially the connection I was making for my original visual pun. But that first act left me with an itch I wanted to scratch, and I thought ‘Why not adapt the whole of Blake’s book that way?’ After all, the poem is only four...

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Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

On Monday 22 May the Blake Society attended Swedenborg House to launch Ruskin Arts Publications' new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’, collating Cambridge School of Art graphic design students' letterpress interpretations of Blake's poem. Below is an edited version of a speech, given on the night, by Sibylle Erle, Chair of the Blake Society. When Nick Jeeves asked me to write and say something about Blake, my favourite artist, and ‘Auguries of Innocence’, a text I knew but had never worked on, I was delighted but also terrified because I didn’t know where to start. ‘Auguries of Innocence’ is a manuscript poem. It’s a fair copy, it includes all of Blake’s revisions and corrections; it has no pictures. It consists of 66 couplets as well as one quatrain: To see a World in a Grain...

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The Innocent Printer

The Innocent Printer

Next month Ruskin Arts Publications, supported by The Blake Society, publishes a new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’. In advance of the launch event on Monday 22 May at Swedenborg House, some reflections by editor and project director Nicholas Jeeves. On the front cover of our book, titled Auguries of Innocence: First Experiences with Letterpress, a short piece of text sets the scene: Each year from 2014 to 2018 graphic design students at Cambridge School of Art were assigned a brief: to typeset and print in letterpress a couplet from William Blake’s ‘Auguries of Innocence’. None of them had used letterpress before. A selection of their prints is collected in this unique visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’, comprising the poem in its entirety and revealing an intriguing...

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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...

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...

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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...

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Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Comic artist and Blake enthusiast David Battersby shares his comic strip version of The Book of Los and reflects on the experience of adapting Blake’s poetry and art. Believe it or not, I did not set out to adapt The Book of Los into a comic strip. It just happened that way. It all started with the cover art. I thought it would be fun to adapt the cover of the first issue of Superman and replace...

read more
Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

On Monday 22 May the Blake Society attended Swedenborg House to launch Ruskin Arts Publications' new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’, collating Cambridge School of Art graphic design students' letterpress interpretations of Blake's poem. Below is an edited version of a speech, given on the night, by Sibylle Erle, Chair of the Blake Society. When Nick Jeeves asked me to write and say...

read more
The Innocent Printer

The Innocent Printer

Next month Ruskin Arts Publications, supported by The Blake Society, publishes a new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’. In advance of the launch event on Monday 22 May at Swedenborg House, some reflections by editor and project director Nicholas Jeeves. On the front cover of our book, titled Auguries of Innocence: First Experiences with Letterpress, a short piece of text sets the scene:...

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
Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Adapting Blake’s Book of Los into a Comic

Comic artist and Blake enthusiast David Battersby shares his comic strip version of The Book of Los and reflects on the experience of adapting Blake’s poetry and art. Believe it or not, I did not set out to adapt The Book of Los into a comic strip....

read more
Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

Auguries of Innocence – Looking at Words

On Monday 22 May the Blake Society attended Swedenborg House to launch Ruskin Arts Publications' new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’, collating Cambridge School of Art graphic design students' letterpress interpretations of Blake's poem....

read more
The Innocent Printer

The Innocent Printer

Next month Ruskin Arts Publications, supported by The Blake Society, publishes a new visual edition of ‘Auguries of Innocence’. In advance of the launch event on Monday 22 May at Swedenborg House, some reflections by editor and project director...

read more