The Black Death was a cataclysmic event that helped introduce a new age, the Renaissance. While Joseph Blackburne wasn't particularly cataclysmic, his life, indeed his chess-life, overlaid the entire era that defined the beginnings of modern chess, a true Chess Renaissance.
In his book, "Mr. Blackburne's Games at Chess," he included 28 problems that spanned 33 years (1861 to 1894). The introduction states:
"In all about 400 games are given, and they are divided
into three classes—match, off-hand and blindfold games.
To these is added a brief selection of problems that have
a curious interest of their own, as showing how much the
delicate art of problem- composition has changed during
the last thirty or forty years. It has now come to be quite
a separate department of chess."
Since the average person really doesn't think of Blackburne as a problemist, I thought it would be helpful to exhibit a few of his problems. I found his problems both delightfully clever and quite difficult. The answers, built into the movelist, are the ones given by Blackburne in his book, transposed from descriptive to algebraic notation.
All problems - White to move and mate in three.