John MARTIN (1789 – 1854)
(English, born Haydon 1789 – died Isle of Man 1854)
Original mezzotint 1828, with etching chine-collé, 47.4 x 71.2 cm. (unframed)
John Martin was an English Romantic painter, engraver and illustrator. He was celebrated for his typically vast and melodramatic paintings of religious subjects and fantastic compositions, populated with minute figures placed in imposing landscapes. Martin’s paintings, and the engravings made from them, enjoyed great success with the general public—in 1821 Lawrence referred to him as “the most popular painter of his day”—but were lambasted by Ruskin and other critics.
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