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William Blake’s Mystic Map of London

‘Teach these Souls to Fly,’ Blake wrote in a small book of designs. Here is a set of maps for a City
that should be, and will be, illuminated by respect for that which once was.’

 – Iain Sinclair, author of Blake’s London: the Topographic Sublime

Inspired by the visionary poet and artist William Blake, this art project travels with him as he wanders through his native London, from boyhood to adulthood, during a time of political revolutions and an ever encroaching industrialised urban landscape. Blake’s response to the destruction, rebuilding and transformation of late 18th century London was to imaginatively create a symbolic city, a new ‘Jerusalem’. From Golden Square near to his childhood home, to the ‘bar of gold’ that is the River Thames, which he glimpses from his final home on the Strand, Blake offers us ‘the end of a golden string’ and leads us through London, unveiling his ‘golden city’ for the future, inspired by an arcane past. 

 

NOW AVAILABLE

A fully illustrated pamphlet that includes mystic maps inspired by an 18th century map of London,
& written contributions from Simon Cole

On the London Review Bookshop BESTSELLERS list for 2 weeks running

Review of William Blake's Mystic Map of London pamphlet

Exhibitions

Keats House, Hampstead, 6–30 June 2019 

William Blake's Mystic Map of London pamphlet is available at the following London bookshops:

Tate Britain bookshop, Tate Britain

Daunts Bookshops, Hampstead & Marylebone High Street

London Review Bookshop, Bloomsbury

Treadwells Bookshop, Bloomsbury

Brick Lane Bookshop, East London

Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road