The Ascent of Elijah was included in the first group of mezzotints ever to be exhibited, in public, by Martin. After Martin’s initial printing the two subjects were later twice republished by Septimus Prowett. All of these are now extremely rare.
The scene illustrated is taken from the second book of Kings:
"And it came to pass, as they went on, and talked, that, behold,
There appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them
Both asunder: and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And
Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father! The chariot of
Israel, and the horseman thereof. And he saw him no more…He
(Elisha), took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him…"
|Plate size||265 x 222 mm|