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Ashmolean Museum opens William Blake's studio exhibition

A recreation of the studio where William Blake created some of his most well-known work has opened in Oxford.

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Image caption The title page of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, which was created in 1789.

William Blake: Apprentice and Master has opened at the Ashmolean Museum after 19th Century floor plans were unearthed.

Blake created the majority of his books from a printing studio in the Hercules Buildings in Hercules Road, Lambeth.

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Image caption The floor plan of the Hercules Building in Lambeth where Blake had a printmaking workshop

The studio was destroyed when the building was razed in 1918.

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Image caption Abel the Shepherd by George Richmond, who was the youngest of Blake's followers known as the Ancients, was created in 1825
Image copyright Doug Simpson
Image caption The door of the Hercules Buildings, Hercules Road, Lambeth in London where Blake had his studio. This photograph was taken in 1913, five years before it was destroyed

Philip Pullman CBE, president of the Blake Society, said: "William Blake was a complete original; his power was his tenderness, his wit, his graphic line are like no-one else's.

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Image caption The Return Home by Edward Calvert uses tempera on a wood panel, a technique practised by William Blake

"It's good to remind people every so often about this colossal imagination and his moral vision, which are just as potent now after two hundred years as they were when he brought them into the world."

The exhibition is on until 1 March 2015.

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