Illustration from John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1807) by William Blake

Illustration to John Milton's Paradise Lost (1807) by William Blake

Illustration from John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1807) by William Blake (1757-1827).

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). Milton is usually considered to be one of the greatest of England’s poets. The poem is about the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

William Blake (the illustrator of this print) was an English poet, painter & printmaker. I first saw his work as a child in the Tate Britain. I thought it looked very mysterious/magical.

Though famous today, Blake was largely unrecognised during his lifetime (so there’s hope for all of us). He’s now considered to be a major figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

Fascinating fact: In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC’s big poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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