8 July 1997
John Martin (1789-1854)
The Destroying Angel; and Esau selling his Birthright
the first signed with initials and dated 'J M 1833' (lower right) the second signed with initials and dated 'J.M. 1833' (lower left)
pencil, brown wash
3½ x 5½ in. (8.8 x 14 cm.)
a pair (2)
Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 6 February 1862, lot 131 and 135.
Royal Dublin Society.
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