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Illustration 9 to Milton's "Paradise Lost": The Temptation and Fall of Eve

Date: 1807
10 x 8 3/16 in. (25.4 x 20.8 cm.)
Medium: watercolor and pen and back ink over traces of graphite on paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Signed in lower right: 1807 / WB
Object Number: 000.10
Label Text:Satan, now fully assuming his serpent form, offers Eve the forbidden fruit. She is already within his coils, and the mouth-to-mouth posture suggests an erotic dimension to her seduction into disobedience. The roots of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil also suggest both threat and bondage. Adam stands innocently on the left, a garland for Eve in his hands.