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

  • 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.552

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DG30

Physical description

Illustration for Book VII of Paradise Lost; Raphael sitting with Adam relating why a new world has been created. Eve stands alongside, attempting to hide her nudity; The image enclosed by an ornamental frame; 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: 16.9 in full size with border, Width: 11 in full size with border, Height: 11.7 in the design, Width: 7.2 in the design

Object history note

Illustration designed for Book VII 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 VII of 'Paradise Lost'; Raphael sitting with Adam relating why a new world has been created. Eve stands alongside, attempting to hide her nudity; 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)

Categories

Illustration; Drawings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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