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Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet, was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London, the third son of James Blake (1723?–1784), a hosier, and his wife, Catherine, née Wright (1723–1792), the widow of Thomas Armitage. Blake had four brothers, ...


William Blake (1757–1827) by Thomas Phillips, 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Cooke family (per. c. 1800–1865), engravers, artists, and publishers, came to prominence with William Bernard Cooke (1778–1855), who was born in Charles Street, Hatton Garden, London, the son of a German immigrant confectioner from Frankfurt am Main, Johann Bernhard Guck, who changed his name to ...