Book 11, Line 226. Proof.[The approach of the Archangel Michael]
Published by Septimus Prowett, 62 Paternoster Row. 1826.
Mezzotint. Proof impression. Fine impression. Platemark: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"); sheet size: 318 x 426mm (12½ x 16¾"). Large margins. Light foxing.
The approach of the Archangel Michael; Adam and Eve, clothed in animal skins, are seen standing in Paradise. Adam holds Eve by the arm as they look towards a light breaking behind a tree covered mountain in the distance to the right, heralding the approach of the archangel. 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: 48.
[Ref: 36899] £480.00