In 1789 Thomas Macklin undertook to publish an illustrated folio Bible in multiple volumes to promote “the glory of the English school” of painting and engraving and “the interest of our Holy Religion”. A new typeface and a new kind of paper were designed for the work. The finished Bible had 72 prints, 22 of which were after Philippe Jacques De Loutherbourg who was engaged to exercise his powers as an historical painter. His interest in the occult and study of Hebrew influenced some of these pictures and the approximately seventy-one vignettes that he produced over the next ten years. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, "the Macklin Bible endures as the most ambitious edition produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled."
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