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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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D30132

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
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D30435

Samuel Butler

after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th century
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D30126

Samuel Butler

by Cook, after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, published 1778
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D30133

Samuel Butler

by James Heath, after Gilbert Soest
stipple engraving, published 1810
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D14554

Samuel Butler

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