Book 10, Line 108. Proof.[Adam hearing the voice of the Almighty]
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 16 ¾"). Large margins. Light foxing.
Adam hearing the voice of the Almighty; Adam and Eve cowering in the depths of a forest, Adam clasping his hands together and craning his head up and away from the light which strikes through the branches on the left, ashamed when he hears the voice of God. Eve bowing her head, covering herself with her hair and leaves. 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: 44.
[Ref: 36903] £550.00