1/27/11

John Martin, Paradise Lost - Eve's Dream - Satan Aroused (Book 4)


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Date: 1825-1827
Technique: Mezzotint with etching on cream laid paper, 19.5 x 26.9 cm

The illustration presents the episode when the angels Ithuriel and Zephon (the two on the left) discover Satan in the disguise of a toad whispering to Eve while she slept; at the touch of Ithuriel's spear, Satan is transformed back to his natural shape.

...Up he starts
Discovered and surprised. As when a spark
Lights on a heap of nitrous powder, laid
Fit for the tun some magazine to store
Against a rumored war, the smutty grain
With sudden blaze diffused, inflames the air;
So started up in his own shape the Fiend.
Back stepped those two fair Angels, half amazed
So sudden to behold the grisly king.

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