_The Last Man_ by John Martin

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

John Martin, The Last Man (1849)



The great painter of the apocalyptic sublime, John Martin, produced earlier versions on the theme of "the last man"--including a study in 1826 (now lost) and a watercolor in c. 1832. But this oil painting (now in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool) dates from 1849 (see Feaver). The old man stands before what appears to be a vacant seaside town, the dark sun fades in front of him, and the funereal body of a woman lies behind him.

Published @ RC

October 1997