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An image of The fall of Nineveh by John Martin

John Martin

(England 1789 – 1854)

Title
The fall of Nineveh
Year
1829
Media category
Print
Materials used
mezzotint with etching
Dimensions

53.4 x 80.0 cm (trimmed to image)

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., [incised] 'J. Martin. 1829'.
Credit
Purchased 1960
Accession number
DB4.1960
Location
Not on display
Further information

Purchased 1960
The mezzotint illustrates the fulfilment of the prophecy that the city of Nineveh should fall when the river becomes its enemy. The invading Medes are seen approaching via the river. They enter the city through the gaping hole in the fortifications. In the foreground stands the infamous king Sardanapalus, surrounded by his concubines. To the left is heaped the enormous pyre that had been constructed at the king’s orders and in which the king and all of his concubines perished.

Bibliography (1)

Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 1 (illus.), 10. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (5)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961

Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Aug 1993–24 Oct 1993

Queens & Sirens: archaeology in 19th century art and design, Geelong Art Gallery, 26 Sep 1998–01 Nov 1998

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014