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John Donne

(1572-1631), Poet and divine

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Originally trained as a lawyer, the poet and cleric Donne, is best known for the passionate and witty metaphysical love poems he wrote in his youth, which include, The Bait and The Flea. A student at Oxford and at the Inns of Court, Donne was raised a Catholic, but in 1615 was ordained a priest in the Church of England by John King, Bishop of London. Thereafter he wrote eloquent religious verse and sermons. He was Chaplain to King James I, and in 1621 was appointed Dean of St Paul's Cathedral. His work became widely celebrated following general publication after his death.

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John Donne, by Unknown English artist - NPG 6790

John Donne

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1595
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6790

John Donne, after Isaac Oliver - NPG 1849

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, (1616)
NPG 1849

John Donne, after Isaac Oliver - NPG D21407

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21407

John Donne, by Martin Droeshout - NPG D25948

John Donne

by Martin Droeshout
line engraving, 1633
NPG D25948

John Donne, by Pierre Lombart - NPG D27961

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart
line engraving, published 1633
NPG D27961

John Donne, by Pierre Lombart - NPG D27962

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart
line engraving, published 1633
NPG D27962

John Donne, by Matthäus Merian the Younger - NPG D25950

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
NPG D25950

John Donne, by Matthäus Merian the Younger - NPG D25951

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
NPG D25951

John Donne, by Matthäus Merian the Younger - NPG D1307

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
NPG D1307

John Donne, by William Marshall - NPG D25490

John Donne

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D25490

John Donne, by William Marshall, after  Unknown artist - NPG D7835

John Donne

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D7835

John Donne, by Pierre Lombart, after  Unknown artist - NPG D21409

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1651
NPG D21409

John Donne, by Cook - NPG D25947

John Donne

by Cook
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D25947

John Donne, by William Skelton - NPG D25949

John Donne

by William Skelton
line engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25949

possibly John Donne, by Unknown artist - NPG D35351

possibly John Donne

by Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D35351

Funeral effigy of John Donne, by James Peller Malcolm - NPG D21118

Funeral effigy of John Donne

by James Peller Malcolm
etching, published 1820
NPG D21118

John Donne, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17161

John Donne

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1824
NPG D17161

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John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21408

Web image not currently available

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1651
NPG D22610

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