Artist: Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)

Author: Written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German, Frankfurt am Main 1749–1832 Weimar, Saxe-Weimar)

Translator: Translated by Philipp Albert Stapfer (Swiss, Bern 1766–1840 Paris)

Publisher: Published by Charles Motte (French, 1785–1836) , Paris

Date: 1828

Medium: Lithograph; second state

Dimensions: Overall: 16 3/16 x 10 5/8 x 1 5/16 in. (41.1 x 27 x 3.3 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917

Accession Number: 17.12


This is the first of a series of seventeen illustrations supplied by Delacroix for a French translation by Albert Stapfer of part one of Goethe's Faust, published in Paris in 1828. In this scene from the Prologue in Heaven, Mephistopheles, flying above the nocturnal city skyline, comments of his recent interview with the Lord, "I like to see the Old Man now and then, / and take good care to keep on speaking terms."