[London, Published May 15th 1817 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101 Strand.]
Etching, sheet 310 x 270mm (12¼ x 10½"). Trimmed losing text. Crease; slight foxing.
Imposing oak tree with figures below, including an archer taking aim at a group of three deer. One of seven etchings contained in John Martin's (1789-1854) first commercial publication, 'Characters of Trees' (1817). The work contained no text, being simply a series of unnumbered prints advertised as a drawing book. Martin (1789 - 1854) is best known for his paintings and mezzotints of biblical subjects, in which capacity his hold on the popular imagination was unparalleled in its day. In the 20th century the influence of these works has continued to be felt- Martin's mezzotint of Belshazzar's Feast was the basis of the enormous Babylon set constructed for D.W. Griffith's film 'Intolerance' (1916).
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