Martin, John, 1789-1854

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English romantic painter, etcher and illustrator.

From the description of Letter: Lindsey House Chelsea, 1849 Jan. 15. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78314354

John Martin was a popular and successful British painter and printmaker. Born at Haydon Bridge, he showed artistic ability early and was apprenticed with a coachmaker to learn heraldric painting; later, he worked with Bonifacio and Charles Musso, with whom he moved to London. Supporting himself with commercial art at first, he developed and executed a series of large, dramatic oil paintings, many with Biblical themes, that became popular with viewers and found generous buyers. He later painted small scale pictures, including a series of popular watercolor landscapes. He was also an important engraver, chiefly working with mezzotints; he illustrated Paradise Lost, and later scenes from the Old Testament.

From the description of John Martin letter to Mr. Linnecar, 1829 Dec. 9. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 79636804

Born, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, 1789; apprenticed to a Newcastle coach-painter, 1804; ran away after a dispute over wages; apprenticed to a Newcastle china-painter, Boniface Musso; moved to London and supported himself painting on china and glass whilst studying perspective and architecture; sent the Royal Academy his first pictures, 1812; became an opponent of the Royal Academy after becoming aggrieved over the hanging of his pictures in 1814 and 1816, but continued to contribute to their exhibitions; appointed historical painter to Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1817; exhibited at the British Institution, 1819-1821, including 'Belshazzar's Feast'; joined the Royal Society of British Artists on its foundation and exhibited there, 1824-1831,1837-1838; exhibited 'The Fall of Nineveh' at Brussels, 1833, bought by the Belgian government; elected a member of the Belgian Academy and awarded the order of Leopold by the King of Belgium; quarrelled with the British Institution, 1836; exhibited many works at the Royal Academy, 1837-1852, including many landscapes in water-colours; drew illustrations (with Westall) to Milton's Paradise Lost ; worked on plans for improving London, including water supply and recycling of sewerage, 1827-1853; died, 1854.

From the guide to the Papers of and relating to John Martin, artist, 1822-1976, (Queen Mary, University of London)

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creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Letter. 1848 Feb. 19. American Primers
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to John Murray, 1832 June 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to Mr. G. Linnecar, 1843 May 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Letter: Lindsey House Chelsea, 1849 Jan. 15. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to James Palmer, 1840 Oct. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Papers of and relating to John Martin, artist, 1822-1976 Queen Mary, University of London
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. John Martin letter to Mr. Linnecar, 1829 Dec. 9. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Letter [18]50 Sep. 2, Chelsea [Eng.] to [N? Hogarth? n.p.] University of Michigan
creatorOf Lovelace, William King-Noel, Earl of, 1805-1893. Autograph letter signed : Ockham Park, [Surrey], to John Martin, 1842 July 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. Letters, 1815-1833, England. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to William Brockedon, 1831 July 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to an unidentified recipient, 1827 Dec. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Memoirs of British painters, engravers, and architects. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Papers, 1808-1888. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. Autograph Collection of Alexander Irvine. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Westall, Richard, 1765-1836. Autograph letter signed : Russell Place [London], to John Martin, 1831 May 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to C. Whitley, 1832 Mar. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Martin, John, 1789-1854. Autograph letter signed : London, to the Minister of the Interior at Brussells, 1835 June 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Newton, Gilbert Stuart, 1794-1835. Autograph letter signed : Great Marlboro St. [London], to John Martin, 1833 Mar. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Balston, Thomas. Thomas Balston papers, 1946-1948. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Brockedon, William, person
associatedWith Bullock, William, fl 1808-1827 person
associatedWith Cooke, Edward William, 1811-1880 person
associatedWith Grey, Henry George, 1802-1894, 3rd Earl Grey, statesman person
associatedWith Haydon, Benjamin Robert, 1786-1846 person
associatedWith Hogarth. person
associatedWith Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. person
associatedWith Jerdan, William, 1782-1869 person
associatedWith Knight, John Prescott, 1803-1881 person
associatedWith Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. person
associatedWith Linnecar, G., person
associatedWith Lovelace, William King-Noel, Earl of, 1805-1893. person
associatedWith Murray, John, person
associatedWith Newton, Gilbert Stuart, 1794-1835. person
associatedWith Palmer, James, person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Smith, John Thomas, 1766-1833 person
associatedWith Society of British Artists corporateBody
associatedWith Westall, Richard, 1765-1836. person
associatedWith Wheatstone, Sir, Charles, 1802-1875 person
associatedWith Whitley, C., person
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City of Westminster
Great Britain
Great Britain
Piccadilly
Great Britain
Subject
Artists--19th century--Correspondence
Exhibitions
Urban planning
Illustration
Environmental engineering
Engraving--History--19th century
Engraving, British
Artists--Correspondence
Visual materials
Sanitation
Urban development
Occupation
Architects--Biography.--Great Britain
Painters--Biography.--Great Britain
Engravers--Biography.--Great Britain
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Birth 1789-07-19

Death 1854-02-17

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