- For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, Plate 8, "At length for hatching ripe he breaks the shell"
- Etching and line engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
- Spine: 13 3/4 inches (34.9 cm), Sheet: 13 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches (34 x 23.8 cm), and Plate: 2 3/8 x 2 inches (6 x 5.1 cm)
Inscribed in graphite lower center: "6. I rent the Veil where the Dead dwell: | When weary Man enters his Cave, | He meets his Saviour in the grave. | Some find a Female Garment there, | And some a Male, woven with care, | Lest the Sexual Garments sweet | Should grow a devouring Winding-sheet. | Blake's 'Key'."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- angel | baby | children | clouds | egg | infant | literary theme | religious and mythological subject | wings
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Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British, For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, Plate 8, "At length for hatching ripe he breaks the shell", 1826
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