London: Samuel Roycroft.
Engraving. Measures 14 1/4" x 9 1/4"
This engraving by Masson appears in Richard Blome's "History of the Old and New Testament", published circa 1690 after Nicolas Fontaine's volumes known as the "Royaumant's Bible". The illustration depicts Revelations 13, showing a fire-breathing dragon, a king cowering in fear, and angels pouring water down from above to extinguish the flames. The engraving was dedicated to the "Worshipfull Samuel Vincent of Buckenham house in Norfolk."Scuffs and toning, repairs to upper left pillar.
Richard Blome (1635 - 1705) was an active publisher of illustrated books in post-restoration London. Working as both an engraver and cartographer, he is known for the decorative coat of arms emblems that were often dedicated to noteworthy locals, giving his work a distinctive style. This is a nice example of his work.
Illustrator: MASSON, P.