THE WILLIAM BLAKE GALLERY

49 Geary Street Suite 232, San Francisco CA 94108
We are open and currently showing works from our previous exhibitions.
Previous Exhibition:


BLAKE BOOKS

The Commercial Engravings of William Blake
A Tribute to Gerald E. Bentley, Jr.
49 Geary Street, Suite 205, San Francisco


Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday by appointment

Please join us for the opening reception for our new exhibition BLAKE BOOKS: The Commercial Engravings of William Blake, A Tribute to Gerald E. Bentley, Jr.
 
Blake is best known today for his independent vision and experimental methods, yet he made his living as a commercial illustrator. This exhibition shines a light on those commissioned illustrations and the surprising range of books in which they appeared. In them we see his extraordinary versatility as an artist but also flashes of his visionary self—flashes not always appreciated by his publishers. On display are the books themselves, objects that are far less familiar to his admirers today, but that have much to say about Blake the artist. The exhibition is a small tribute to Gerald E. Bentley, Jr. (1930 – 2017), whose scholarship, including the monumental bibliography, Blake Books, contributed immeasurably to the understanding and appreciation of the enormous range of Blake’s works.

Highlighted works include:

  • Poetical Sketches. By W.B. London: 1783. 
  • The Pastorals of Virgil... London: 1821. 
  • Remember Me! A New Years Gift or Christmas Present, 1825. London: I. Poole, [1824]. 
  • The Botanic Garden. London: Johnson, 1795.

A complete catalogue of the exhibition will be available online following our opening.  



------------------------------------------------------------------

Previous Exhibition:

WILLIAM BLAKE: DREAMS & VISIONS

Examining Blake’s affinity with the immaterial world.

Full Catalogue Available Here

Exhibition Dates: September 8 - December 22, 2017
Exhibition HoursTuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm

Please join us for the opening reception for our new exhibition William Blake: Dreams & Visions, a selection of some of his most personal and adventurous works. This collection showcases Blake's fascination with a world unique to his own perception in which the boundaries between imagination and vision dissolve away. It includes one of Blake's "Visionary Heads," from a series of sketched portraits of historical figures who visited Blake in spirit form as he sat by his London fireside, along with other works created from a place somewhere between dream and vision. 

Highlighted works include:

  • "Cradle Song", two plates from the Songs of Innocence (1789) coloured by Blake
  • "Holy Thursday", proof plate from the Songs of Innocence (1789).
  • "Visionary Head: Jonathan", pencil sketch (c. 1819-1825).
  • Frontispiece, “Lenore, clasping her spectral bridegroom,” to Leonora. A Tale, Translated and altered from the German of Gottfried Augustus Burger (1796).

A complete catalogue of the exhibition will be available online following our opening.  

Previous Exhibition:
BLAKE IN COLOR: FULL CATALOGUE AVAILABLE HERE
Exhibition Closed as of July 28, 2017
49 Geary Street, Suite 205, San Francisco, CA 94108


John Windle is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery in honor of William Blake in October 2016 in downtown San Francisco. This space will display Blake’s own art, the work of his circle (including Fuseli), and modern fine press publications inspired by his work, featuring everything from fine and rare engravings to watercolor reproductions. Additionally, the William Blake Library is proud to offer a comprehensive collection of the writings of Blake, variously illustrated, as well as about 1000 books about Blake and his circle.    

The gallery bridges the gap between contemporary society today and and the most brilliant and most overlooked artist of his time who virtually single-handedly invented the artist's book or livre d'artiste and gave birth to Romanticism as we now know it with his seminal Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789-1794).

Closed until September 8th.
Open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 5:00, and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00, 
but we recommend calling in advance to avoid finding the gallery closed by chance.
john@johnwindle.com  //  (415) 986-5826 //  www.johnwindle.com

www.williamblakegallery.com