William Blake (1757 – 1827)
Poet, painter, engraver, visionary, he was born in London and died there. The best collection of his visual art is in the Tate Museum in London, but his life and work are amply represented on the World Wide Web as well. He was the first, and some would say, the greatest, of the English Romantic poets. His visual art drew heavily on the work of Michelangelo, but his vision was uniquely his own.