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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 Johann Sebastian Müller, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30115

John MIlton

by Johann Sebastian Müller, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1770
NPG D30115

John Milton, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30118

John Milton

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D30118

John Milton, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani - NPG D27289

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani
etching, published 1780
NPG D27289

John Milton, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D27946

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after Cornelius Johnson
line engraving, 1780 (1618)
NPG D27946

John Milton, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30111

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after William Faithorne
etching, 1780
NPG D30111

John Milton, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30112

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after William Faithorne
etching, 1780
NPG D30112

John Milton, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D38830

John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after Cornelius Johnson
line engraving, 1780 (1618)
NPG D38830

'John Milton and his two daughters' (Deborah Milton; Mary Milton; John Milton), by Benjamin Smith, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, published by  George Nicol, after  George Romney - NPG D38839

'John Milton and his two daughters' (Deborah Milton; Mary Milton; John Milton)

by Benjamin Smith, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, published by George Nicol, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 4 June 1795
NPG D38839

Called John Milton, by and published for George Quinton, published by  William Stevenson, sold by  John Boydell, after  Pieter van der Plas - NPG D30117

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 - NPG D27290

John Milton

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

John Milton, by William Holl Sr, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30113

John Milton

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

John Milton, published by William Darton, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30114

John Milton

published by William Darton, after William Faithorne
stipple engraving, published 1822
NPG D30114

John Milton, by Charles Pye, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D38833

John Milton

by Charles Pye, after Cornelius Johnson
line engraving, published March 1823
NPG D38833

John Milton, by Henry Cousins, after  Frederick Newenham - NPG D5684

John Milton

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

John Milton, by Carl August Deis, after  Frederick Newenham - NPG D5685

John Milton

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

John Milton, by James Faed the Elder, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  John Faed - NPG D38838

John Milton

by James Faed the Elder, published by Henry Graves & Co, after John Faed
mezzotint, published 20 June 1859
NPG D38838

Unknown man called John Milton, by Charles William Sherborn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D21194

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 - NPG D19172

Called John Milton

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

Called John Milton, published by Photographische Gesellschaft, after  Pieter van der Plas - NPG D38840

Called John Milton

published by Photographische Gesellschaft, after Pieter van der Plas
photogravure, circa 1900
NPG D38840

John Milton, after Unknown artist - NPG D38832

John Milton

after Unknown artist
photograph, 1961 (circa 1629)
NPG D38832

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