101615 | FRANCE & GREAT BRITAIN. Paradise Lost gilt copper Cliché.
101615 | FRANCE & GREAT BRITAIN. Paradise Lost gilt copper Cliché. Issued circa 1867, or slightly later. "The Expulsion of Adam & Eve from Eden" (59mm, 13.54 g). After L. Morel-Ladueil.
Adam and Eve, both nude, seated to right on rocks with the Garden of Eden; to left, Archangel Raphael admonishing them and expelleing them for their sin / Incuse and reverse of obverse.
Choice Mint State. Olive-bronze surfaces, with highly intricate artistry. Rare and highly attractive.
Designed by the French artist Léonard Morel-Ladeuil, the "Milton Shield: Paradise Lost" in repoussé steel and silver bore designs from the famous literary work, all pieced together in the form of a shield for the 1867 Paris International Exhibition. Such shields were then produced by the British firm Elkington & Co., for which this cliché parallels the central motif—namely, the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.