English painter and poet / 1757-1827 / from a Dissenter family, likely Bohemian Brethren, following Wycliffe and Hus / educated at home, drawing lessons from 1767 / 1772-1779 learned the art of copper engraving  / studied art from 1779 / 1784-1827 owner of a printing shop, work as an engraver and illustrator / recognition of his art only beginning in 1818 / the whole Bible a was a life-long source of inspiration / advocacy for racial and gender equality, for sensuality and spirituality, connected with strong critique of ideology and religion / inventor of relief etching / 1789-1794 publication of Songs of In­no­cence and Songs of Experience with his poetry and artwork / 1824 etchings for the Book of Job