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Creator:
Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British
Title:

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, Plate 7, "Fire"

Date:
1826
Medium:
Etching and line engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Spine: 13 3/4 inches (34.9 cm), Sheet: 13 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches (34 x 23.8 cm), and Plate: 3 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches (9.8 x 7.3 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite lower center: "5. Blind in Fire, with Shield and Spear, | Two horn'd reasoning cloven fictions, | In doubt which is self- contradiction, | A dark Hermaphrodite I stood, -- | Rational Truth, root of Evil & Good. | Round me flew the flaming sword; | Round her, snowy Whirlwinds roar'd, | Freezing her Veil, the mundane shell. | Blake's 'Key'."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1992.8.6(7)
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
fire | flames | men | shield | sword | text
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:3943
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