John Martin (taken from the Life.)

Method Stipple
Artist Thomson after Derby
Published London Published for the European Magazine, by Lupton Relfe, 13, Cornhill, Octr. 1st, 1822.
Dimensions Image 123 x 115 mm vignette, Plate 220 x 138 mm, Sheet 224 x 141 mm
Notes A half length portrait of John Martin with facsimile signature below.

John Martin (1789-1854) was an English painter, illustrator and mezzotint engraver. He achieved huge popular acclaim with his historical landscape paintings which featured melodramatic scenes of apocalyptic events taken from the Bible and other mythological sources. Influenced by the work of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) as well as Theodore Gericault (1791–1824), Eugene Delacroix (1798–1863) and Paul Delaroche (1797–1856), his paintings are characterised by dramatic lighting and vast architectural settings. Most of his pictures were reproduced in the form of engravings, and book engravings, from which he derived his fortune. Despite his popularity, Martin's work was spurned by the critics, notably John Ruskin, and he was not elected to the Royal Academy. His fame declined rapidly after his death, although three of his best known works of religious art toured Britain and America in the 1870s: The Great Day of his Wrath (1853, Tate, London), The Last Judgment (1853, Tate) and The Plains of Heaven (1851-3, Tate). A great contributor to English landscape painting, Martin was a key influence on Thomas Cole (1801-48), one of the founding members of the Hudson River School.

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Condition: Trimmed within the plate at right hand margin, crease and light staining to bottom right corner, not affecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £30.00
Stock ID 36451

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