‘The Two Angels’ Wood Engraving by Paul Nash

Artist(s): Paul Nash
Medium: Wood Engraving
Framed: no
Print Size: 7cm (h) x 5cm (w)
Paper Size: 19cm (h) x 12.5cm (w)

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Original wood engraving by Paul Nash (1928). From an edition of 45. This is one of the trial proofs taken from the original block in the V & A by Ian Mortimer for Garton and Cooke in 1985.

‘This illustration appears on the cover and title page of Jules Tellier’s Abd-er-Rhaman in Paradise. It depicts the moment when Abd-er-Rhaman has to decide whether to follow the white angel Raphasel to the paradise of Jesus, or the black of angel Azrael to the paradise of Mohammed; he elects to follow the Christian one. In Nash’s engraving Abd-er-Rhaman drifts in the sky with an angel at either side of him, each holding one of his hands, both trying to sway his decision in their favour. The Christian angel holds a palm in his hand.’


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