7/9/10

John Haynes, Death on a Pale Horse


The British Museum, London

Date: 1. January 1784
Technique: Etching, on paper, 710 x 510 mm

After John Hamilton Mortimer

The subject is from Revelation, Chapter 6, in which St John bears witness to a vision of the horsemen who will appear at the end of the world. The last of these is 'Death' riding on a 'pale horse'. Humanity is crushed under the hoves of his steed. This print reproduces a drawing by Mortimer. The design influenced later artists who depicted this scene - including West, Blake and de Loutherbourg.
http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/gothicnightmares/rooms/room7.htm

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