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'For Children: The Gates of Hell': Design for an unpublished titlepage: PD.168-1985

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'For Children: The Gates of Hell': Design for an unpublished titlepage
'It is deep Midnight' (design for a frontispiece)


Draughtsman: Blake, William




History note: Mrs. Blake; Frederick Tatham; ... Quaritch, offered catalogue, November 1882 (in 346 with 44 others), and catalogue 350 10 August 1883 (in 13843 with 44 others); sold 30 June 1886 to W. Graham Robertson, sold Christie's, July 1949 (part of 63b), bt. Maggs, sold 1949 to Geoffrey Keynes

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Accepted by H.M. Treasury and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Minister of the Arts in lieu of capital tax

Measurements and weight

Height: 137 mm
Width: 117 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

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

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Graphite and paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: For Children / The / Gates / of / HELL
  • Location: Centre
  • Text: written by William Blake, vouched by Fredk. Tatham
  • Location: Lower right
  • Text: Frontispiece
  • Location: Verso, above design
  • Text: It is Deep Midnight
  • Location: Verso, below design

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.168-1985
Primary reference Number: 8864
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 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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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "'For Children: The Gates of Hell': Design for an unpublished titlepage" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-02-01 17:17:42

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