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For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise

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For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, copy D, c. 1825 (Morgan Library and Museum): electronic edition

Dates are the probable dates of printing.

In about 1820, Blake revised For Children: The Gates of Paradise, giving the work a new title, reworking the design plates at least twice, and adding three new text plates at the end (19-21). All twenty-one plates are intaglio etchings/engravings. Plates 19-20 contain brief interpretive statements keyed by number to the preceding design plates. The final plate is addressed to Satan as the "God of This [fallen] World."

Copies A and B were probably printed c. 1820. Copies C and D, plus a large group of impressions never collated into complete copies by Blake but now divided into what are designated as copies J-L, N, date from c. 1825. Copies E-I are probably posthumous. Copy M, as listed in G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books Supplement (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), pages 78-79, is a group of facsimiles by William Muir.

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. 1820
    Untraced
  • Copy B, c. 1820
    British Museum, Dept. of Prints and Drawings
    London
  • Copy C, c. 1825
    British Library
    London
  • Copy J, c. 1825
    Morgan Library and Museum
    New York City
  • Copy K, c. 1825
    Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress
    Washington D.C.
  • Copy L, c. 1825
    Fitzwilliam Museum
    Cambridge, England
  • Copy N, c. 1825
    Private Collection
  • Copy E, c. 1832?
    Rosenbach Museum and Library
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Copy F, c. 1832?
    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
    San Marino, California
  • Copy G, c. 1832?
    Yale Center for British Art
    Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Copy H, c. 1832?
    Princeton University Library
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Copy I, c. 1832?
    Beinecke Library
    Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

All Known Related Drawings
  • A Crouching Woman, Possibly Later Used for "The Gates of Paradise," Plate 16
    Water color, c. 1780-85. Butlin 133 recto.
    Morgan Library and Museum
    New York City
  • A Female Figure Crouching in a Cave, Possibly later Used for "The Gates of Paradise," Plate 16
    Pen and ink drawing, c. 1780-85. Butlin 134.
    Anthony E. Wolf
    New York City
  • The Spirit of a Just Man Newly Departed Appearing to His Mourning Family
    Monochrome wash drawing, c. 1780-85. Butlin 135.
    Royal Collection, Windsor Castle
    Windsor, England
  • Blake's Notebook, pages 15, 19, 34, 40, 45, 52, 58, 59, 61, 63, 68, 69, 71, 91, 93-95
    Pencil sketches, c. 1790-93. Butlin 201.15, 19, 34, 40, 45, 52, 58, 59, 61, 63, 68, 69, 71, 91, 93-95.
    British Library
    London
  • Sketch for "For Children: The Gates of Paradise" plate 15: Death's Door (?)
    Pencil sketch, c. 1793. Butlin 131 verso.
    Hornby Library
    Liverpool City Libraries, Liverpool, England
  • A Woman with Snaky Locks, Perhaps for "The Gates of Paradise" (recto), "Father and Mother, I Return," Perhaps for "The Gates of Paradise" (verso)
    Pencil sketches, c. 1793. Butlin 202 recto and verso.
    Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress
    Washington D. C.
  • "How I Pity," Perhaps for "The Gates of Paradise"
    Pencil sketch, c. 1793. Butlin 204.
    British Museum
    London
  • "For Children: The Gates of Hell": Design for an Unpublished Title-Page (recto), "It Is Deep Midnight": Design for a Frontispiece (verso)
    Pencil sketches, c. 1793. Butlin 205 recto and verso.
    Fitzwilliam Museum
    Cambridge, England
  • Sketch for "The Gates of Paradise" Plate 8: "My Son! My Son!"
    Pen and ink drawing, c. 1793. Butlin 206.
    British Museum
    London
  • Five Sketches for "America" and Other Works
    Pencil sketches, c. 1793. Butlin 227.
    Untraced
  • Studies for Plate 11 of The Grave, "Death's Door"
    Pencil sketches, c. 1805. Butlin 632 recto and verso.
    Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania