Skip to main content

The gates of paradise: PB 1888.1

Object information

Awaiting location update


The gates of paradise


Author: Blake, William
Hughes, Mary
Muir, William
Agent: Bernard Quaritch



By Wm. Blake, Lambeth 1793; facsimilied at Edmonton, anno 1888, by Mary Hughes and Wm. Muir.

Cover title.
Title page of the original reads: For children. The gates of paradise. 1793. Published by W. Blake ... and J. Johnson ...
The facsimile t.p. is from the edition designated "For children"; the other plates are from the revised edition (ca. 1818) designated "For the sexes."
Text (preceding front. and t.-p. of facsim.) consists of "Prologue" (10 lines beginning: Mutual forgiveness of each Vice); The keys of the gates (3 l.) The 16 numbered plates are followed by a last leaf (illus.): To the accuser who is God of This World ... (from For the sexes)

With separate card containing notes in pencil on Blake.

References: Keynes, G.L. A bibl. of W. Blake, 217n.

Iv, [19] leaves of plates : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1990) by Forrester, Helen


Production date: AD 1888


Limited ed. of 50 numbered copies, this being no.14 signed by William Muir. Bookplates of Greville Matheson MacDonald and Laurence W. Hodson on inside cover. Bound in blue card wrapper.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Materials used in production

Printing ink

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 1888.1
Primary reference Number: 98376
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "The gates of paradise" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-12-01 20:09:51

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=The gates of paradise |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-12-01 20:09:51|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

More objects and works of art you might like

Help! Help!

Accession Number: P.445-1985

Samson and the Gates of Gaza

Accession Number: C.2804.26-1928

The Gates of a Villa

Accession Number: PD.30-1959

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...