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John Martin, Adam and Eve emerge from the trees

Adam and Eve emerge from the trees, 1826

John Martin (1789 - 1854)

RA Collection: Art

This plate illustrates a passage beginning on book 10, line 108 of the poem. Adam and Eve, having eaten the forbidden fruit and now clothed to conceal their bodies, emerge from the trees to meet Christ, who has come to judge them. 'He [Adam] came, and with him Eve, more loath, though first / To offend, discountenanced both, and discomposed'.

John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, which narrated the Creation and Fall of Adam and Eve, and spanned Heaven, Hell and Paradise, was a suitably epic undertaking to inspire some of John Martin's most important prints. In around 1824 the young publisher Septimus Prowett commissioned Martin to produce a series of mezzotint illustrations to Paradise Lost, for which he was paid the enormous sum of 2,000 guineas.
The prints were first published by subscription, in twelve monthly parts each containing two mezzotints and a section of text which could eventually be bound together to create a complete illustrated volume. The final parts appeared in 1827 (hence the publication dates on the prints, which range from 1825 to 1827).
The impressions in the RA are used to illustrate a later 1846 edition published by Charles Whittingham, meaning that either new impressions were printed from the plates, or earlier impressions were bought up and bound in with the text.

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Object details

Title
Adam and Eve emerge from the trees
Artist/printmaker
John Martin (1789 - 1854)
Published by
Septimus Prowett (before 1820 - 1867)
Date
1826
Object type
Plate
Place of Publication
London
Medium
Mezzotint
Dimensions

151 mm x 193 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
18/2643
This image is from a book

The paradise lost of John Milton ; with 24 illustrations by John Martin - London: 1846

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