Copy Information

Title: All Religions are One
Origination: William Blake: author, inventor, delineator, etcher, printer, colorist
Origination: Catherine Blake: printer
Publisher: William Blake
Note: Blake does not name himself as the publisher in this work, but the only known copy was printed by him.
Place of Publication: London
Note: The place of publication is not given in the work, but Blake was living in London during its etching and printing.
Composition Date: c. 1788
Print Date: c. 1795
Note: The only known copy of All Religions are One is part of Blake's large-paper printing of his illuminated books c. 1795.
Number of Objects: 10
Object Order: 1-10
Object Size: between 4.6 x 3.0 and 5.9 x 4.1 cm.
Number of Leaves: 10
Leaf Size: plate 2, 29.5 x 23.2 cm.; plates 1, 3-10, 37.8 x 27.0 cm.
Medium: relief etching with touches of white-line etching on plates 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10
Printing Style: relief, with rudimentary color printing and pen and ink outlining
Note: The pen and ink framing lines and additions to the images were probably added at a much later date than the printing c. 1795. Perhaps these additions were not made until shortly before the book left Blake's hands (1818 at the earliest).
Ink Color: green
Support: wove paper
Watermark: I Taylor (plate 1); 1794 / I Taylor (plate 6)
Etched Numbers: Plates 4-10 are numbered 1-7.
Note: The etched numbers are part of the headings, each number preceded by the word "PRINCIPLE."
Penned Numbers: none
Frame Lines:
Note: Plate 1 has six framing lines, plate 2 has four, and plates 3-10 have five.
Binding: loose in blue cloth portfolio
Note: There is no evidence of any earlier binding.
Stab Holes: none

Provenance


Name: Plate 2, Keynes Collection, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; plates 1, 3-10, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Date: Plate 2 acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1982; plates 1, 3-10 acquired by Henry E. Huntington in 1918.
Dealer: Plate 2 acquired by bequest from Sir Geoffrey Keynes; plates 1, 3-10 acquired by George D. Smith at auction for Henry E. Huntington.
Price: Plate 2 acquired by bequest; plates 1, 3-10 purchased for Henry E. Huntington at auction for 84 plus dealer's commission.
Note: Plate 2, detached from the other plates at an unknown date, acquired by George A. Smith c. 1853; perhaps William Muir; Sir Hickman Bacon, sold from his collection at Sotheby's, 21 July 1953, lot 470 with 6 plates from William Muir's facsimile of There is No Natural Religion (£42 to the dealer Abbott acting for Sir Geoffrey Keynes). Plates 1, 3-10 acquired by John Linnell not before 1818; sold from the Linnell estate, Christie's, 15 March 1918, lot 203 with plate a2 of There is No Natural Religion (£84 to the dealer George D. Smith acting for Henry E. Huntington).

Present Location


Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
USA
Telephone: 626-405-2100
Fax: 626-405-0225
URL: http://www.huntington.org/
Department: Library Division (Plates 1, 3-10)
Collection: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
Accession Number: 57445

Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1RB
United Kingdom
Telephone: 44-1223-332900
Fax: 44-1223-332923
URL: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
Department: Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints (Plate 2)
Collection: Sir Geoffrey Keynes Collection, Fitzwilliam Museum
Accession Number: P.712-1985