John Martin was raised in a one room english cottage in a small Northumberland town, Haydon Bridge. From this modest upbring Martin would go on to create a vast collection of historical landscapes and a fortune to match. He was Influenced by the work of J.M.W. Turner as well as other history & landscape painters like Theodore Gericault and Salvator Rosa. In turn Martin would be a main influence on Thomas Cole the founder of the Hudson River School of Art in America. His epic scenes of Biblical destruction and myth are nothing short of masterworks. After achieving some popular success Martin used his skills as a mezzotint engraver and took his painting to print spreading his reproductions by mass media. While sometimes panned by critics for his Kitsch like themes the public has always loved his work and continues to use his epic landscapes for inspiration.