Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London.
The second is East: A William Blake /Wat Tyler Walk
This walk begins at the site of Blake's much mythologised death in the disappeared street of Fountain Row and finishes at the site of Blake's burial in the dissenters' graveyard at Bunhill Fields.
En route it passes through historic sites associated with the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 and the Gordon Riots of 1780, the latter of which was the major popular insurgency of Blake's lifetime.
Though Blake himself was caught up in the Gordon Riots more by accident than design, he was sympathetic to the idea of popular revolt and later drew a portrait of Wat Tyler as one of his 'Visionary Heads' series circa 1818.
'Then Old Nobodaddy aloft / Farted and belched and coughed / And said I love hanging and drawing and quartering / Every bit as well as war and slaughtering'