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John Bunyan (1628-1688), Author of 'The Pilgrim's Progress'

Sitter associated with 24 portraits
John Bunyan was a tinker by trade but following a prolonged spiritual and emotional crisis he turned to preaching and religious writing. From 1660 to 1672 and again in 1677 he was imprisoned in Bedford for unlicensed preaching. He wrote prolifically during this time and produced his most famous work, Pilgrim's Progress, an allegorical account of a Christian's spiritual journey. After his release he continued writing and preaching. Pilgrim's Progress was published in 1678 and became one of the most popular books ever printed.

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John Bunyan

by Rogers, after Thomas Sadler
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D29798


John Bunyan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D29799


Fictitious portrait of John Bunyan

by William Sharp, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1819
NPG D32390


John Bunyan

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by Thomas Kitchin, after Thomas Sadler
mezzotint, (1685)
NPG D19009