The Fall of the Rebel Angels, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 1, line 44
35.3 cm x 25.3 cm (13 7/8 in. x 9 15/16 in.)
(Haydon Bridge (Northumberland), England, 1789 - 1854, Douglas (Isle of Man))
Medium and Support:
Mezzotint and etching with rocker
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1996
After the great battle of angels, God hurls Satan and his followers into the depths of hell—bottomless, black, and terrifying. In the text Milton tells how the angels will endure “adamantine chains and penal fire,” but here we see an abyss made of shadow—a hell we can invent for ourselves.