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John Dryden (1631-1700), Dramatist and Poet Laureate

Sitter associated with 30 portraits
A poet, dramatist and literary critic, Dryden was appointed Poet Laureate by Charles II in 1668. He wrote over twenty plays, including All for Love (1678), and numerous poems, particularly political satires, such as 'Absalom and Achitophel' (1681), and odes, including the famous 'Ode for St Cecilia's Day'. In 1686 he converted to Roman Catholicism, and at the Revolution of 1688 he was deprived of the laureateship. He devoted the rest of his life largely to translations, notably a verse translation of the works of Virgil.

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John Dryden

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1668
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
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John Dryden

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1693
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John Dryden

by James Maubert
oil on canvas, circa 1695
On display in the State Bedchamber at Beningbrough Hall
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John Dryden

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on panel, feigned oval, (1698)
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John Dryden

by William Faithorne Jr, after John Closterman
mezzotint, (circa 1690)
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John Dryden

by Francis Kyte, after John Closterman
mezzotint, (circa 1690)
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John Dryden

by Francis Kyte, after John Closterman
mezzotint, (circa 1690)
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John Dryden

by George White, published by Thomas Bowles Sr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1698)
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John Dryden

by Jan van der Leuw (Leeuw), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century (1698)
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John Dryden

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century (1693)
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John Dryden

by Jan van der Leuw (Leeuw), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century (1698)
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John Dryden

by Jan van der Leuw (Leeuw), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century (1698)
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John Dryden

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century (1698)
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John Dryden

by Gérard Edelinck, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1700 (1698)
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John Dryden

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1700 (1693)
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John Dryden

by Gérard Edelinck, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1700
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John Dryden

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after John Riley
line engraving, circa 1709 (1683)
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John Dryden

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after John Riley
line engraving, circa 1709 (1683)
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John Dryden

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1709 (1693)
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John Dryden

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1730 (1698)
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