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Illustration to Milton's "Paradise Lost": Satan, Sin, and Death: Satan Comes to the Gates of Hell [large version]

Date: 1808
19 1/2 × 15 3/4 in. (49.6 × 40 cm.)
Medium: pen and watercolor, with touches of gold metallic paint [now tarnished] on wove paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on verso not in Blake's hand [now covered under backing mat]: drawn for Mr. Butts from whom it passed to Mr. Fuller. Signed in lower left with Blake's monogram: inv. / WB
Object Number: 000.3
Label Text:This larger and more dramatic version of the design was probably executed as an independent composition but was later incorporated into a second series of twelve illustrations to Paradise Lost. Scales over Satan's genitals and the heads of Sin's serpents are pictured.