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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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John Milton

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1741
NPG D20372


John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
engraving, published 1750
NPG D19543


John Milton

published by John Bowles
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
NPG D19753


John Milton

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


John Milton

by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, after William Faithorne
etching, published 1780 (1760)
NPG D14320


'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
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1797
NPG D18772


John Milton

by Charles Pye, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, published March 1823
NPG D38833


John Milton

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


Called John Milton

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


John Milton

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


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