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Paradise Lost: Book VIII

  • 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.553

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DG30

Physical description

Illustration combining three elements from Book VIII of Paradise Lost; Adam inquires concerning celestial motions...; Adam sitting on a bank, around him are a unicorn, dog, ram, sheep, deer and peacock. In the background, are human figures at leisure, also Adam talking to Raphael: The image enclosed by an ornamental frame on brickwork; 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; the borders painted in distemper

Dimensions

Height: 16.8 in full size with borders, Width: 11 in full size with borders, Height: 11.8 in the design, Width: 7.3 in the design

Object history note

Illustration designed for Book VIII 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 VIII of 'Paradise Lost'; Adam inquires concerning celestial motions...; Adam sitting on a bank surrounded by animals; 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.

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

Ram; Tree; Sheep; Figures (representations); Sun; Unicorn; Dog; Peacock

Categories

Illustration; Drawings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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