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Drawing

  • Date:

    after 1711 (drawn)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen on paper; the borders painted in distemper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.548

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DG30

Physical description

Title page to a collection of eight illustrations by John Baptist de Medina, for John Milton's Paradise Lost; Text of varying sizes and fonts within an ornamental frame, crediting John Baptist as the artist and including his date of death (1711); Pen on paper, with the borders painted in distemper to imitate a rusticated wall with an ornamental frame.

Date

after 1711 (drawn)

Materials and Techniques

pen on paper; the borders painted in distemper

Marks and inscriptions

Text with the frame reads as follows:
ORIGINAL DRAWINGS / Eight in Number, / Being All that were ever designed / for Mr. Milton's Poem of / PARADISE LOST, / BY Sr. / JOHN BAPTIST / of / MEDINA. / GIOV. BATISTA de MEDINA / Natiuo de Brusselles, celebre Pittore, sulla maniera de P. P. Rubens. / Egli fu fecondo a ferace / Inuentore, e l'opere sue diedero sempre nel / Grande, / a furono accolte con fommo pia- / cere nella / SCOZIA e in LONDRA. / Mori età di 51 anni in Edemburgo, l'anno M.DCC[?] / FRANC. PELLEGRINO / in / ABC: PITTOR

Dimensions

Height: 17 in estimate, Width: 11 in estimate

Object history note

This is the title page introducing a set of eight illustrations designed by John Baptist de Medina for the fourth edition, folio, 1688, of Milton's 'Paradise Lost', which was the first published with plates.
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

Title page to a collection of eight illustrations by John Baptist de Medina, for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'; Text within an ornamental frame, crediting Baptist as the artist and including his date of death; Pen on paper, with the borders painted in distemper; after 1711.

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 a rusticated wall with an ornamental frame or border near the composition.

Materials

Paper; Pen; Distemper

Techniques

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

Subjects depicted

Tablet; Frames (furnishings); Brickwork

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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