1/27/11

John Martin, Paradise Lost - Eve at the Fountain (Book 4)


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Date: 1824-1825
Technique: Mezzotint with etching and drypoint on laid paper, 25.6 x 35.6 cm

Martin portrays Eve's first moments after awakening when she is startled by her reflection in the waters of a smooth lake.

.... I thither went / with unexperienced thought, and laid me down
On the green bank to look into the clear
Smooth lake, that to me seemed another sky.
As I bent down to look, just opposite
A shape within the watery gleam appeared
Bending to look on me: I started back,
It started back; but pleased I soon returned...

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