COLOURFUL prints by visionary 19th century artist and poet William Blake are attracting hundreds of visitors to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

The exhibition William Blake: Apprentice and Master opened at the Beaumont Street museum on Thursday and runs until March.

As part of the exhibition, the museum has recreated the artist’s studio in Lambeth, London.

Tolkien biographer John Garth, 48, from Oxford, was among early visitors.

Mr Garth said: “Blake’s prints look stunning — the exhibition reflects Blake’s reputation as a visionary artist and a poet — you can’t separate the two.

“In the corner of the main gallery a little room has been set up to recreate exactly the space in which Blake worked.

“There is a big printing press in there and it made you realise how strong Blake must have been to be able to move all that heavy equipment around.”

The exhibition runs until March 1. Tickets cost £9, £7 concessions and children get in free.

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