Samson Carrying Off the Gates of Gaza.
[probably published by J. Mc. Cormick, 62, Gracechurch Street, c.1830]
Rare mezzotint, sheet 235 x 285mm (9¼ x 11¼"). Trimmed around image and title, losing text; glued to backing sheet.
Samson carries the gates to the city of Gaza up to 'the hill that is in front of Hebron', after escaping from a planned ambush (see Judges 16:1-3). Engraving by James G. S. Lucas (1831-4, fl.), mezzotinter who usually engraved after John Martin, and artist whose influence is evident in this print by Lucas. No other artist is mentioned, but as Richard A. Burnett noted, 'Lucas rarely acknowledged the artsts whose work he had so shamelessly plagiarised, as is the case with his copies of Martin's 'Illustrations to the Bible'.
Campbell, 'John Martin: Visionary Printmaker', p.196.
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