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John Milton (1608-1674), Poet

Sitter associated with 71 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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Called John Milton

by and published for George Quinton, published by William Stevenson, sold by John Boydell, after Pieter van der Plas
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1797
NPG D30117


John Milton

by Harding
watercolour and gouache, early 19th century
NPG D27290


John Milton

by William Holl Sr, after William Faithorne
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D30113


John Milton

by Henry Cousins, after Frederick Newenham
coloured mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D5684


John Milton

by Carl August Deis, after Frederick Newenham
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D5685


Unknown man called John Milton

by Charles William Sherborn, after Samuel Cooper
etching, 1883
NPG D21194


Called John Milton

published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Samuel Cooper
etching, published 30 August 1883
NPG D19172


John Milton

after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
colour halftone, (1618)
NPG D38831


John Milton

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


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
line engraving, 1670
NPG D18937


John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
NPG D19542


John Milton

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1725
NPG D38837


John Milton

by John Simon, sold by Thomas Bowles Sr, and sold by John Bowles, after Robert White
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D19747


John Milton

by Jonathan Richardson, after a portrait attributed to William Faithorne
etching, 1734
NPG D19741


John Milton

by John Vandergucht, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1736
NPG D18975


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
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D38835


John Milton

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1741 (1741)
NPG D42924


John Milton

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1741
NPG D18946


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