[Satan summoning his Legions.]
Stipple engraving, working proof. Image 222 x 158mm. Trimmed inside plate to c.10 - 15mm outside image. Glued to an album page at edges.
Extremely scarce proof, with some details of the composition unfinished and the boundary of the lower image edge undefined. Anatomical features of the faces, hands and feet of the figures are crude in comparison to the other impression of this same image. The background is also yet to be refined and darkened. By Jean Pierre Simon [1750? - c.1810] after Richard Westall R.A. [1765 - 1836], an illustratration of John Milton's great epic poem 'Paradise Lost'. 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.
[Ref: 6566] £450.00