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Samuel Butler (1612-1680), Author of 'Hudibras'

Sitter in 26 portraits
Butler was a writer whose poem, Hudibras, published in three parts (1662, 1663 and 1678), was an immediate success. Based on his experiences in the households of the Puritan gentry, it is an envenomed satirical attack on Puritanism, written in cantering octosyllabics, full of puns and outrageous rhymes. Charles II enjoyed it, and for a century it was a bestseller.

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5924

Samuel Butler

attributed to Pieter Borsseler
oil on canvas, circa 1665
NPG 5924

2468

Samuel Butler

by Gilbert Soest
oil on canvas, 1670s
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2468

248

Samuel Butler

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
gouache and pastel on panel, circa 1680
NPG 248

D30124

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30124

D30127

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
NPG D30127

D1153

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680
NPG D1153

D1154

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680
NPG D1154

D939

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680
NPG D939

D19214

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680
NPG D19214

D20049

Samuel Butler

published by Edward Cooper, after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, circa 1680
NPG D20049

D32493

Samuel Butler

by George Vertue, after Gilbert Soest
engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D32493

D32494

Samuel Butler

by George Vertue, after Gilbert Soest
engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D32494

D30135

Samuel Butler

by George Vertue, after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D30135

D30128

Samuel Butler

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D30128

D30130

Samuel Butler

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D30130

D19940

Samuel Butler

by George Vertue, after Gilbert Soest
engraving, engraved 1730
NPG D19940

D30131

Samuel Butler

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D30131

D30125

Samuel Butler

by James Nixon, after Sir Peter Lely
etching, published 1750
NPG D30125

D19909

Samuel Butler

by John Nixon, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, published 1750 (1749)
NPG D19909

D30129

Samuel Butler

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D30129

D30132

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30132

D30134

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30134

D30435

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D30435

D30126

Samuel Butler

by Cook, after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D30126

D30133

Samuel Butler

by James Heath, after Gilbert Soest
stipple engraving, published 1810
NPG D30133

D14554

Samuel Butler

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D14554

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