In Search of Paradise: William Blake at Old Wyldes

Louisa Albani


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Night Bird Press N2
1 November 2023
ISBN: 9781739326814
38 pages

From the publisher

'A walk with a friend may turn the mundane world into a golden one. In Search of Paradise portrays William Blake and Samuel Palmer as eternal pilgrims, in the footsteps of Dante and Virgil, journeying simultaneously through the natural world and the heavenly one. Blake’s visions and Palmer’s paintings promise that paradise is our birthright, and that if heaven is anywhere, it is here right now. This pamphlet is your invitation to walk with them.' John Higgs

'Samuel Palmer learned from William Blake to see with, not through the eye, bringing the world around him to life with the remarkable illuminations of his paintings, the same illumination that seems to shine from Louisa Albani's illustrations inspired by Blake, Palmer and those other Ancients who surrounded the visionary artist in his later years.' Jason Whittaker

'Here is Blake’s ‘kindling influence,’ as Samuel Palmer called it, burning bright in the woods and walkways of Hampstead Heath. A guidebook for all who seek poetry and art on their earthly wanderings.  

-- Caroline Anjali Ritchie, Blake Scholar