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Lot 185: William Blake Fire. Engraving, 1793 115x 90 mm; wide (full ?) margins. Second state (of 2), with the artist's name and date in the plate lower center. Partial indiscernable water mark. From For Children: The Gates Of Paradise. Soft diagonal crease

Platinum House

by Swann Auction Galleries

November 12, 1998

New York, NY, USA

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Description: William Blake Fire. Engraving, 1793 115x 90 mm; wide (full ?) margins. Second state (of 2), with the artist's name and date in the plate lower center. Partial indiscernable water mark. From For Children: The Gates Of Paradise. Soft diagonal crease upper right, well outside the image, pale time stain. Bentley locates only 5 extant copies of the complete set of 17 etchings for Blake's For Children... Later impressions were reworked and printed in For the Sexes:The Gates of Paradise, circa 1818-20, and bound in compilation albums, notably the 1863 Gilchrist see Bentley, p. 205 Bindman 121

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