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Thomas Gray was born in London and lives with his mother after his father, who was violent, separated from him. He was educated at Eton College and became a student, first at Peterhouse and then at Pembroke College, Cambridge. During his studies, he met Horace Walpole, who accompanied him on his formative trip to Europe. Such a trip was customary for the sons of well-to-do families at the end of their studies. Walpole would later become his close friend.
Gray spent most of his life as a student. Although he was not a prolific poet (not all of his published works during his lifetime reached 1,000 lines), he was, even more than William Collins, the dominant figure of the mid-eighteenth century. In 1757, he refused the title of “Poet Laureate” offered to him. In 1768 he succeeded Lawrence Brockett as Regio Professor of History at Cambridge, a sinecure. A polymath, Gray wrote texts in various fields: literature, philosophy, history, science, architecture, art, geography and travel.
In 1797, William Blake, at the time a major artists in the English, was commissioned to do a full illustration of Thomas Gray works. Thanks to a large poetical production, William Blake was allowed to do a full illustrations set, with over 100 plates of full color illustrations.
At Kyamites, we have collected both all the poems of Thomas Gray and the full plates of William Blake in this prestige edition, in two editions.
- A hardcover editions in the Kyamites normal format (155X235 cm), with our normal specification.
- A hardcover prestige edition, in a large format (210×279 cm), a real piece of art to show your friends.
Both are printed in our semi-gloss paper, to imitate the paper used at the time in England.
Bigger formats and full gloss pages formats can be asked on demand at out reference email address.