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Air: P.440-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Plate 4, For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise


Printmaker: Blake, William
Publisher: Blake, William




History note: William Muir collection sold Sotheby's July 1953 with plate 1 from the collection of the Earl of Crewe.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985-04) by Keynes, Sir Geoffrey


Production date: circa AD 1818


Fourth state. Part of 16 plates bound together in a volume.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Binding composed of leather ( red leather with gold gilding)
Support composed of paper
Sheet Height 312 mm Width 224 mm
Plate Height 80 mm Width 71 mm

Techniques used in production

Line engraving

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Air
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: On Cloudy Doubts & Reasoning Cares
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Verse
  • Text: 4
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Number
  • Text: Published by W Blake 17 May 1793
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.440-1985
Primary reference Number: 118231
Bindman: 585
Bentley: 45
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 28 January 2014 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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