Romney, George (1734 - 1802)
Milton; Paradise Lost, Satan and his Fallen Angels. Pencil. c.1792. 4.5x8.75 inches.

£975

Romney treated Miltonic subjects from as early as the 1770s. But in the early 1790s he fell into a prolonged and intense obsession with Paradise Lost. Instigated in part by his friend William Hayley’s new biography of the poet, his intention seems to have been to produce a series of paintings, ‘three where Satan is the hero, and three of Adam and Eve’ (Romney to Hayley). But as was the case with so many of Romney’s ‘Historical’ subjects, none of these works came to fruition. Sketchbooks from the period, however, abound with rapid drawings – workings, and re-workings – for Paradise Lost.

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Romney treated Miltonic subjects from as early as the 1770s. But in the early 1790s he fell into a prolonged and intense obsession with Paradise Lost. Instigated in part by his friend William Hayley’s new biography of the poet, his intention seems to have been to produce a series of paintings, ‘three where Satan is the hero, and three of Adam and Eve’ (Romney to Hayley). But as was the case with so many of Romney’s ‘Historical’ subjects, none of these works came to fruition. Sketchbooks from the period, however, abound with rapid drawings – workings, and re-workings – for Paradise Lost.