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John Milton (1608-1674), Poet

Sitter associated with 70 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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D30110

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, 1725
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John Milton

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1731
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John Milton

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

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1732-1747 (1670)
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D30106

John Milton

by Jonathan Richardson, after William Faithorne
etching, 1734
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John Milton

by Jonathan Richardson, after a portrait attributed to William Faithorne
etching, 1734
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D23515

John Milton

by John Vandergucht, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1736
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D38829

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
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John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
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John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
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D5688

John Milton

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, published 1740
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D30116

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1750
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D28618

English Medals

after Unknown artist
etching, possibly late 18th century
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D30108

John Milton

after William Faithorne
ink and wash, late 18th to early 19th century
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D30115

John MIlton

by Johann Sebastian Muller, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1770
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D30118

John Milton

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1779
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D27289

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani
etching, published 1780
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D27946

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 1780 (1618)
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D30111

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after William Faithorne
etching, 1780
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John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after William Faithorne
etching, 1780
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