Book 12, Line 641. Proof.[Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise]
Published by Septimus Prowett, 62 Paternoster Row. 1827.
Mezzotint. Proof impression. Fine impression. Platemark: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"); sheet size: 318 x 426mm (12½ x 16 ¾"). Large margins. Light foxing.
The conclusion to 'Paradise Lost': "Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise". The figures are seen in wilderness on a rocky path at the lower right of the scene. The ethereal light of Eden is visible between rocks behind them. Brooding skies are seen in the distance, in the valley are two dinosaurs. Fully lettered proof impression. From a series of prints illustrating John Milton's (1608–1674) 'Paradise Lost', first published in 1667, consisting of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man, the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Begun by early 1824, this series of engravings was the result of a comission from a little known American publisher Septimus Prowett, who approached Martin to produce mezzotint illustrations to accompany an issue of Milton's text. Prowett's publication was released in four different proof forms; this print is from the 'Imperial Folio Edition' but not bound up at publication time.
Balston 94. (a) 4. CW: 49
[Ref: 36898] £750.00