Little Tom the Sailor
William Blake, English, 1757 - 1827. Text by William Hayley, English, 1745 - 1820. Printed by the artist or his wife, Catherine Blake, English, 1762 - 1831.
This broadsheet was made to raise money to aid a widow and her children, the eldest of whom was ten-year-old Tom, a young sailor. William Hayley, who wrote the verse, asked William Blake to create the accompanying images and do the printing. This is one of only eight known impressions.