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All Religions are One

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All Religions are One, copy A, c. 1795 ( Multiple [2] Owners): electronic edition

Dates are the probable dates of printing.

Through aphoristic declarations and accompanying emblem-like designs, Blake argues for the essential unity of all religions as expressions of the "Poetic Genius" within all human beings. As the quoted phrase suggests, All Religions are One implies the unity of the artistic and religious imagination. Several of the numbered "Principle[s]," the term used as a heading to each text plate, assert a causal connection between inner spirit and outer body. Because of shared graphic styles, themes, and genre, All Religions are One is closely associated with There is No Natural Religion of the same year.

Blake etched the work on ten small plates c. 1788. There is only one known copy (A), now in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. This copy, lacking the title page now in the Keynes Collection, Fitzwilliam Museum, was printed (with some touches of rudimentary color printing) as a large-paper copy in 1795. Some years later, probably in 1818 or later, Blake returned to these impressions and drew between four and six framing lines in black ink around each plate. The pen and ink work in the designs may have been executed at this same late date. There is one further example of the title page, produced in a different printing and with hand coloring, in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Related Works

Related works currently available in the William Blake Archive appear as links below. Works not currently available appear as plain text.

All Known Copies
  • Copy A, c. 1795
    Huntington Library and Art Gallery
    San Marino, California

All Known Related Drawings
  • Blake's Notebook, page 15
    Pencil Sketch, c. 1790-93. Butlin 201.15.
    British Library
    London
  • Frontispiece to the Second Volume of Young's Night Thoughts: The Resurrection
    Water color, c. 1795-97. Butlin 330.264.
    British Museum
    London