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Profession; Poets Laureate

The position of Poet Laureate can be traced back to the reign of King James I, who informally recognised Benjamin Jonson as a Poet Laureate in 1617. the post was establisged in a more formal capacity in 1668, When King Charles II chose John Dryden as the Poet Laureate and the position was recognised as an established royal office, to be filled when vacant. The term originates from the laurel, a wreath worn by poets which referenced Apollo, the patron of poets in Ancient Greece. Traditionally, the role was a lifetime appointment and associated with specific duties, including composing poems for military victories, coronations and royal birthdays. For the last 200 years the Prime Minister has selected the Poet Laureate, in place of the Lord Chamberlain and the role has less specific requirements attached to it. Carol Ann Duffy was the first woman to be appointed in 2009, with a fixed ten-year term.

Sir John Betjeman

1906-1984
Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 41 portraits

Cecil Day-Lewis

1904-1972
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 54 portraits

John Dryden

1631-1700
Dramatist and Poet Laureate
Sitter associated with 31 portraits

Ted Hughes

1930-1998
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 15 portraits

Robert Southey

1774-1843
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 18 portraits

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

1809-1892
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 95 portraits

William Wordsworth

1770-1850
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 23 portraits

Alfred Austin

1835-1913
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 10 portraits

Robert Bridges

1844-1930
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 26 portraits

Colley Cibber

1671-1757
Dramatist and actor
Sitter in 8 portraits

Dame Carol Ann Duffy

1955-
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 2 portraits

Benjamin Jonson

1573?-1637
Poet and dramatist
Sitter associated with 19 portraits

John Masefield

1878-1967
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 36 portraits

Andrew Motion

1952-
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 4 portraits

Henry James Pye

1745-1813
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 4 portraits

Nicholas Rowe

1674-1718
Poet Laureate and dramatist
Sitter associated with 5 portraits

Thomas Shadwell

1642?-1692
Dramatist and Poet Laureate
Sitter associated with 3 portraits

Thomas Warton the Younger

1728-1790
Literary historian; critic and poet
Sitter in 4 portraits

William Whitehead

1715-1785
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 2 portraits