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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, ...

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

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William James Linton (1812–1897) by Sir Emery Walker © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linton, William James (1812–1897), wood-engraver, polemicist, and poet, was born on 7 December 1812 in Ireland's Row at Mile End in London, probably the second among four children of William Linton, a provision broker in the London docks, and his second wife, Mary (...

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Swain, Charles (1801–1874), poet and engraver, was born in Every Street, Manchester, on 4 January 1801 and baptized on 11 February 1801 at St Ann's, Manchester, the son of John Swain (bap. 1759?, d. 1806), a native of Knutsford, Cheshire, and Caroline Tavaré...