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Joseph Addison (1672-1719), Essayist and poet

Sitter in 24 portraits
Addison's first major poem, An Account of the Greatest English Poets, appeared in 1694. An active Whig supporter, he was made Under-Secretary of State in 1705 and was elected as an MP in 1708. In 1709 his friend Richard Steele founded The Tatler, which ran until 1711. Addison was one of the major contributors to this periodical. The two subsequently established The Spectator in 1711 and although the paper closed a year later it remained in demand, with hundreds of reprinted editions appearing over the next two centuries. While not primarily political journals, both papers took a reforming, progressive stance. The Spectator was revived in 1828, and has been published weekly ever since.

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3193

Joseph Addison

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1712
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
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283

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1703-1712)
NPG 283

714

Joseph Addison

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1719
NPG 714

D27302

Joseph Addison

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27302

D11504

Joseph Addison

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1708-1717
NPG D11504

D5617

Joseph Addison

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (1719)
NPG D5617

D5618

Joseph Addison

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (1719)
NPG D5618

D5620

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, after 1719
NPG D5620

D31566

Joseph Addison

by Nathaniel Parr
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31566

D27303

Joseph Addison

by Edward Rooker, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27303

D27304

Joseph Addison

by Edward Rooker, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27304

D27305

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid to late 18th century
NPG D27305

D33126

Joseph Addison

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1733
NPG D33126

D5619

Joseph Addison

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1733 (circa 1703-1712)
NPG D5619

D7173

Joseph Addison

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1748
NPG D7173

D19551

Joseph Addison

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1748
NPG D19551

D31567

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D31567

D27301

Joseph Addison

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D27301

D18885

Joseph Addison

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1708-1717 (circa 1703-1712)
NPG D18885

D20398

Joseph Addison

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1708-1717
NPG D20398

D14343

Joseph Addison

after Michael Dahl
stipple engraving, (1719)
NPG D14343

D19260

Joseph Addison

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1733 (circa 1703-1712)
NPG D19260

D27300

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D27300

D27

Joseph Addison

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
pencil, 19th century (circa 1703-1712)
NPG D27