Cloud & Vision: William Blake in Lambeth recalls his ten years as a resident of Waterloo.
His productive years in SE1 are the inspiration for twelve artists exhibiting at the Museum of Garden History which is a short walk from where Blake lived in Hercules Road. Indeed he knew the museum building as St Mary-at-Lambeth parish church.
Andy Harper: An Orrery for Other Worlds; 2005; oil, gesso and polystyrene
But the star of the show is a real printing press brought up from Sussex and being used to demonstrate the methods used by Blake to produce his words and images. This Floating Press is today connected to a virtual press on the web.
Surprisingly, the Cloud & Vision catalogue (£5) is an important part of the celebration and contains material not on show. Particularly fascinating is a map of Blake's Waterloo showing Cut Throat Lane zig-zagging across the site of the planned Founder's Place development. Michael Phillips and Jon Newman contribute essays on Blake's SE1.