Paradise Lost. B. 11. L 652. [The Archangel Michael sets before Adam a vision.]
Publish'd June 4 1795, by J.&J. Boydell & G. Nicol Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, & No 90, Cheapside.
Stipple, with very large margins, sheet 415 x 315mm. 16¼ x 12½". Slightly tatty and chipped extremities.
Adam looks down in horror upon a raging battle from a cliff top; the angel gesturing towards the bloody scene while he wrings his hands. Illustration of the eleventh book of John Milton's great epic poem 'Paradise Lost'. From 'The Poetical Works of John Milton' published by John and Josiah Boydell in three volumes between 1794 and 1797. It contained four engraved portraits and 28 plates after Richard Westall (1765 - 1836) by among others R. Earlom, T. Kirk, J. Ogborne, B. Smith, as well as J.P. Simon. Westall was an accomplished artist in watercolour who illustrated a number of books, including Boydells' 'Shakespeare', and contributed 5 large scale paintings for the 'Shakespeare Gallery'.
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