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Illustration - Paradise Lost: Book X
  • Paradise Lost: Book X
    John Baptist de Medina, born 1659 - died 1710
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Paradise Lost: Book X

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably before his move to Edinburgh., made)

  • Date:

    1687-88 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Baptist de Medina, born 1659 - died 1710 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawn with a pen and bistre, washed in with Indian ink; the borders painted in distemper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.555

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DG30

Physical description

Illustration for Book X of Paradise Lost; The departure of the Guardian Angels from Paradise; In the foreground, Adam and Eve kneeling and lying down, respectively, appear crestfallen; In the sky two Guardian Angels, holding spears and shields, fly away; In the background, Satan speaks with Death and Sin; Satan relates his story to a gathered audience; The image enclosed by an ornamental frame; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink, the borders painted in distemper.

Place of Origin

London (probably before his move to Edinburgh., made)

Date

1687-88 (drawn)

Artist/maker

John Baptist de Medina, born 1659 - died 1710 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawn with a pen and bistre, washed in with Indian ink; the borders painted in distemper

Dimensions

Height: 17 in full size with border, Width: 11 in full size with border, Height: 11.8 in the design, Width: 7.3 in the design

Object history note

Illustration designed for Book X of the fourth edition, folio, 1688, of Milton's 'Paradise Lost', which was the first published with plates.

This is one of a set of eight illustrations by John Baptist de Medina. There are four other plates in the volume which were not designed by Medina. The one for book IV was by Bernard Lens, senior, and that for book XII was by Dr. Aldrich. The remaining two have no designer’s name.

Descriptive line

Medina, John Baptist de; Illustration for Book X of 'Paradise Lost'; The departure of the Guardian Angels from Paradise; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink, the borders painted in distemper; ca. 1688.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.

Production Note

The borders painted in distemper by Pellegrino to imitate an ornamental frame.

Materials

Pen; Indian ink; Bistre; Distemper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Illustration; Drawings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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