[London, Published May 15th 1817 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101 Strand.]
Etching, sheet 380 x 235mm (15 x 9¼"). Trimmed losing text. Crease; slight foxing.
Pine with ruined castle and distant mountains beyond, with a contrast between the strong foreground and faint, distant background produced by a 'stopping out' technique during the biting of the copper plate. 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. A preparatory drawing is in the Courtauld Institute collection. 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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