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John Milton

(1608-1674), Poet

Sitter associated with 72 portraits
Milton is regarded as one of the greatest English poets and a master of political pamphleteering. Forceful and idealistic, he served the Commonwealth as Latin Secretary but was arrested upon the restoration of Charles II. The tragic circumstances of his life - an unhappy marriage, the premature death of his second wife and his eventual blindness in 1652 are reflected in the often despairing tone of his work. Milton is best known for his epics, Paradise Lost (1667), Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes (1671). Intense cultural interest in the nature of blindness meant that artists and writers continued to be fascinated by his experience of sight loss in the Romantic and Victorian periods.

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John Milton, by Unknown artist - NPG 4222

John Milton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1629
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4222

John Milton, after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce - NPG 2102

John Milton

after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
plaster cast of bust, (circa 1660)
NPG 2102

John Milton, by Horace Montford, after a bust attributed to  Edward Pearce - NPG 1396

John Milton

by Horace Montford, after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
plaster cast of bust, (circa 1660)
NPG 1396

John Milton, by William Faithorne - NPG 610

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG 610

John Milton, by Unknown artist - NPG 3781

John Milton

by Unknown artist
marble bust, after 1674
On display at National Media Museum, Bradford
NPG 3781

John Milton, after Cornelius Johnson - NPG D38831

John Milton

after Cornelius Johnson
colour halftone, (1618)
NPG D38831

John Milton, after Unknown artist - NPG D38834

John Milton

after Unknown artist
line engraving, (circa 1629)
NPG D38834

John Milton, by William Marshall - NPG D5262

John Milton

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1645
NPG D5262

John Milton, by William Marshall - NPG D5263

John Milton

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1645
NPG D5263

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  Jonathan Richardson, after a bust attributed to  Edward Pearce - NPG D38836

John Milton

by George Vertue, after Jonathan Richardson, after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
line engraving and etching, (circa 1660)
NPG D38836

John Milton, by William Faithorne - NPG D22856

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG D22856

John Milton, by William Faithorne - NPG D22857

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG D22857

John Milton, after William Faithorne - NPG D22861

John Milton

after William Faithorne
line engraving, (1670)
NPG D22861

John Milton, by Walter Dolle - NPG D30105

John Milton

by Walter Dolle
line engraving, published 1672
NPG D30105

John Milton, by Robert White - NPG D30107

John Milton

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1695
NPG D30107

John Milton, by William Faithorne - NPG D22860

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1698
NPG D22860

John Milton, possibly by George Vertue - NPG D30103

John Milton

possibly by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D30103

John Milton, by David Coster - NPG D30104

John Milton

by David Coster
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D30104

John Milton, by Unknown artist - NPG D42248

John Milton

by Unknown artist
wax seal impression, 18th century?
NPG D42248

John Milton, by C. Widder, after  Peter Vandyke - NPG D16769

John Milton

by C. Widder, after Peter Vandyke
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D16769

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D23543

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
engraving, published 1720
NPG D23543

John Milton, by John Simon, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30102

John Milton

by John Simon, after William Faithorne
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D30102

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30109

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, 1725
NPG D30109

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30110

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, 1725
NPG D30110

John Milton, by George Vertue - NPG D38837

John Milton

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1725
NPG D38837

John Milton, by George Vertue - NPG D19726

John Milton

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1731
NPG D19726

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D23544

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1732-1747 (1670)
NPG D23544

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30101

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1732-1747 (1670)
NPG D30101

John Milton, by Jonathan Richardson, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30106

John Milton

by Jonathan Richardson, after William Faithorne
etching, 1734
NPG D30106

John Milton, by Jonathan Richardson, after a portrait attributed to  William Faithorne - NPG D9371

John Milton

by Jonathan Richardson, after a portrait attributed to William Faithorne
etching, 1734
NPG D9371

John Milton, by John Vandergucht, after  William Faithorne - NPG D23515

John Milton

by John Vandergucht, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1736
NPG D23515

John Milton, by John Faber Jr - NPG D38829

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
NPG D38829

John Milton, by John Faber Jr - NPG D5686

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
NPG D5686

John Milton, by John Faber Jr - NPG D5687

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
NPG D5687

John Milton, by John Faber Jr - NPG D5688

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
NPG D5688

John Milton, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D9360

John Milton

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1741
NPG D9360

John Milton, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D38835

John Milton

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D38835

John Milton, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30116

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1750
NPG D30116

English Medals, after Unknown artist - NPG D28618

English Medals

after Unknown artist
etching, possibly late 18th century
NPG D28618

John Milton, after William Faithorne - NPG D30108

John Milton

after William Faithorne
ink and wash, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30108

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