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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


Darkness visible


Pandemonium by John Martin (1841).

Happy birthday to John Milton, 400-years-old today.


“High on a throne of a royal state, which far / Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind” by Gustave Doré (1866).

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The etching and engraving archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
Chiaroscuro II: Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797
Angels 4: Fallen angels
Death from above
The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby



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7 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Márcio Salerno


    “Better to be a master in Hell than a servant in Heaven”.
    Yeah. Well, I’m not sure I want to sell my soul, but, probably, I wouldn’t mind renting it for a while, depending of ‘the piece of the action…’
    Well, I don’t know. But Milton, 400 years, and we’re still thinking about some of his mottoes… and searching for a ‘Paradis Perdue’.

  2. #2 posted by Wiley


    The John Martin piece is gorgeous.

  3. #3 posted by John


    Many art critics–and I believe people at the time–have pointed out that Martin’s infernal city bears a close resemblance to the Houses of Parliament when viewed from the south bank of the Thames. There’s a hint in the background of a vast dome whose presence is probably confirmed by another Martin painting. A shame there aren’t any decent reproductions of that one. I have one in a book but I’d have to damage the spine to scan it.

  4. #4 posted by John


    Another thing worth pointing out about the “Thames” painting is that the big Wikipedia version allows you to get a sense of the outlandish scale of those infernal ramparts: just locate the crowd being hailed in the lake of fire then follow the train of tiny figures into the distance…

  5. #5 posted by Wiley


    That latter one is among my favorites of his. Its reproduction adorns many items that are difficult to scan; a few fold-outs from John Zorn albums, old esoteric magazines and what have you. Some ‘old school’ black metal bands like Emperor made use of much of Dore’s work, but none that I know of touched Martin’s. It may be just as well, that is a genre littered with too many passable bands who seem to think the nature of the sound means you don’t have to have any talent (note, I most certainly don’t think that about Emperor).

    Ideally interesting art should mean interesting music. This is too often not the case.

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