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John Martin

Epithet: Painter (19 July 1789 – 17 February 1854)

Record type: Other Biographies

Biography: (b Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, 19 July 1789; d Douglas, Isle of Man, 17 Feb. 1854). English Romantic painter and mezzotint engraver, celebrated for his melodramatic scenes of cataclysmic events crowded with tiny figures placed in vast architectural or landscape settings. He caught the public imagination with spectacular paintings such as Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still (1816, United Grand Lodge of Great Britain, London), the work that made his reputation, and in 1821 Lawrence referred to him as ‘the most popular painter of the day’.

Occupation / profession: Artist

Gender: Male

Date of birth: 1789

Date of death: 1854

Name Variant: Martin


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See also "Isle of Man" by John Martin in the Ashmolean Museum collections, Oxford University. (as imaginative as his other landscapes...) - Michael Fraser Report this

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