The Conflict between Satan and Death, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 2, line 727
27.7 cm x 37.3 cm (10 7/8 in. x 14 11/16 in.)
(Haydon Bridge (Northumberland), England, 1789 - 1854, Douglas (Isle of Man))
Medium and Support:
Mezzotint and drypoint
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1996
From the gates of hell Sin leaps up to stop these two demons—Satan and Death—from annihilating each other. Satan, with his bat-like wings, stands poised to thrust his spear, while a toad-like Death emerges shrouded in black fog. Martin hints at Death’s form, burnishing out only the whites of its eyes, unable or unwilling to define it for us.