John Mitchinson on William Blake

In this episode Dr Laura-Jane Foley meets John Mitchinson author, publishing guru and head of research for the hit BBC show QI. John chooses 'The Ghost of a Flea’ (1819/20) a small work on mahogany by English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake (1757 -1827). Knowledgable and engaging, John discusses Blake’s interest in seances and the supernatural and reveals the unusual way the work came to be painted.

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Presented and produced by Dr Laura-Jane Foley

Recorded and edited at Wisebuddah, London

Title Music - 'Blue' from Colours by Dimitri Scarlato

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