Stipple engraving, proof before all letters. Image 222 x 158mm. Trimmed inside plate to c.5mm outside image top and sides, and to c.20mm below. Glued to an album page at edges.
This extremely scarce proof engraving by Jean Pierre Simon [1750? - c.1810] after Richard Westall R.A. [1765 - 1836] illustrates the fourth book of John Milton's great epic poem 'Paradise Lost'. Satan journeys to the Garden of Eden (Paradise), discovers Adam and Eve and attempts to work their fall. Gabriel, who guards the gate of Paradise, has been alerted that an evil spirit has descended and two of his angels find Satan at the ear of Eve, tempting her in a dream. This image illustrates Lines 985 -990, the confrontation between Satan and Gabriel: 'On the other side, Satan alarm'd, Collecting all his might, dilated stood, Like Teneriffe, or Atlas, unremoved: His stature reach'd the sky, and on his crest Sat horrour plumed; nor wanted in his grasp, What seem'd both spear and shield.' From 'The Poetical Works of John Milton' published by John and Josiah Boydell in three volumes between 1794 and 1797, in only one edition. It contained four engraved portraits and 28 plates after Westall by among others R. Earlom, T. Kirk, J. Ogborne, B. Smith, as well as J.P. Simon. Westall was an accomplished artist in watercolour who illustrated a number of books, including Boydells' 'Shakespeare', and contributed 5 large scale paintings for the 'Shakespeare Gallery'.
See Pressly 'The Life and Art of James Barry: pg.157.
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