Rare William Blake works to be exhibited in Sussex, where he lived

By Maev Kennedy

Exhibition includes loans from the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam, the V&A, and includes rare surviving copies of his books

A painting by William Blake which spent decades in a dark corner of the library at Petworth House in Sussex is about to go on display as one of the treasures of the house, a key work from the poet and artist's three years in the area, the only place he ever lived outside London.

The exhibition includes loans from the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other collections of paintings, drawings, letters, and rare surviving copies of books which Blake intended as money making ventures. As ever in his life, these turned into financial disasters.

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