Book 9, Line 780.[Satan tempting Eve]
London Published by Septimus Prowett, 23 Old Bond Street. 1826.
Mezzotint. 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"). Small margins and small crease in top margin.
Satan tempting Eve; Eve standing under a tree at the edge of a pool, reaching up with one hand to hold a bough, around which Satan, disguised as a serpent, is entwined, holding an apple in the other, listening to the snake. 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.
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