The Destroying Angel.To the Rev'd Dr. Croly. &c.&c.&c. This plate is inscribed as a testimony to the esteem in which his genius and character are held. By his sincere friend, John Martin.
London published by J. Martin. 30 Allsop Terrace, New Road and Ackermann & Co. Strand.
Mezzotint with very large margins. Platemark: 490 x 380mm. (19¼ x15"). Light staining and foxing. Crease to top left corner of sheet. Title slightly faded.
A dramatic scene depicting the story of Passover. The Destroying Angel hovers over the Imperial Palace in Egypt, hurling lightning upon the city. Thousands of the bereaved inhabitants are seen crowding through the gates and spread over the plains. In the foreground, physicians work on preserving a corpse, whilst in the distance, the Pyramids stand before the luminous horizon, looking on at the scene of devestation before them. John Martin (1789 - 1854) executed 48 drawings for illustrations of the Bible, all of which were based on Old Testament subjects.
See Campbell, 'John Martin: Visionary Printmaker' p.157 for discussion of this print and John Martin's mezzotint of the subject, published shortly after.
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