Book 1, Line 710. Proof.[Pandemonium.]
London Published by Septimus Prowett, 23 Old Bond Street. 1825.
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.
Pandemonium; Satan standing on a cliff in the foreground, holding his spear, addressing hordes of rebel angels assembled on the rocks below him, gesturing with his right hand towards the city of pandemonium, with a dome looming in the darkness behind thick, fortified walls. One of Martin's finest images. An opposing illustration to Heaven, The Rivers of Bliss (CW: 47); Ref: 36900. 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: 29
[Ref: 36908] £1,500.00