William Rossetti Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757. His parents were James and Catherine Blake. William Blake had six siblings, but two of them died in infancy and another sibling died when William was a bit older. William Blake struggled in childhood, he was able to see Spirits, and no one would believe what he had to say. As Blake got older he discovered his talent for painting, and poetry. Blake had very little fame and died in great poverty in 1827.