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

  • 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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.554

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 30

Physical description

Illustration combining elements of Book IX of Paradise Lost; Satan standing next to a coiled serpent in the foreground, the scenes played out in the behind them: Satan’s return into Paradise as a mist by night; Satan changes himself into a sleeping serpent, and tempts Eve, when alone, to eat of the Tree of Knowledge; Eve brings Adam fruit also; They then seek to cover their nakedness; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink.

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

Dimensions

Height: 16.9 in full size with border, Width: 10.9 in full size with border, Height: 11.3 in the design, Width: 7.3 in the design

Object history note

Illustration designed for Book IX 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 combining elements from Book IX of 'Paradise Lost'; Satan standing next to a coiled serpent in the foreground, the scenes played out in the behind them; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink; 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.

Materials

Pen; Indian ink; Bistre; Distemper

Techniques

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

Subjects depicted

Mist; Fruit; Serpent; Trees

Categories

Illustration; Drawings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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