John Martin (1789 - 1854)

Born on July 19th at Haydon Bridge Northumberland. Martin moved to London in 1806 where he married at 19, gaving lessons in drawing and watercolor to earn a living. His first exhibition was in 1812 where his Turner inspired work became noticeable in itself. Other exhibitions quickly followed. He also enjoyed success as a mezzotint engraver after in 1823, he was commissioned to make several plates for American publisher, Samuel Prowett to illustrate a book by John Milton. John Martin died on February 17, 1854 in London.

Portrait of John Martin by Henry Warren, 1839.

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