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The Angels Guarding Paradise at Night
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The Angels Guarding Paradise at Night


John Martin (1789 - 1854)

John Martin (1789 - 1854)

J. Lahee

Septimus Prowett

Ink on paper

Width: 27.9 cm (plate mark); Height: 19.5 cm (plate mark);

Manuscript pencil, upper right & verso, later Witt inscription, C.I. Neg no. 629/53(22) //
Printed, lower centre & recto, Designed [ampersand] Engraved by J. Martin Esq.r / Book 4, line 866 / London Published by Septimus Prowett 23 Old Bond Sreet, 1826 //
Stamped, lower right & verso, later Witt inscription, WITT / LIBRARY //
Printed, lower right & recto, PROO[cut off] / Printed by J. Lahee. //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Library; transfer; 1990

About this work
John Martin’s mezzotint production was one of the most ambitious print publishing enterprises of the nineteenth century. The reputation of this visionary artist was founded on the striking use of the medium for his Paradise Lost series. He depicted Milton’s epic poem as a battle between the forces of darkness and light, his Sublime imagery greatly enhanced by the rich tonal effects that mezzotint allowed. Issued in bound volumes, this small plate series was immensely influential. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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