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Alexander Pope

(1688-1744), Poet

Sitter associated with 44 portraits
The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his Pastorals in 1709. With The Rape of the Lock 1712, and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote 'what oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed'. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham, he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.

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Alexander Pope

by Simon François Ravenet, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1769
NPG D19598

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Alexander Pope

by James Caldwall, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D15342

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Alexander Pope

by Marino or Mariano Bovi (Bova), published by Mrs Brown, after J. Brown, after John Michael Rysbrack
stipple engraving, published February 1788
NPG D19227

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Alexander Pope

by James Stow, published by Robert Bowyer, after Arthur Pond
line engraving, published 12 May 1794
NPG D19672

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