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Jonathan Swift

(1667-1745), Satirist and divine

Sitter in 26 portraits
The satirical author Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, where he served as Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral from 1713. Visiting London, he became friends with the writers Congreve, Addison, Steele and Pope. Swift's own successful literary career had been launched with A Tale of a Tub (1704), and his fantastical satire on contemporary politics and manners, Gulliver's Travels (1726), secured his lasting reputation.

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Jonathan Swift, by studio of Charles Jervas - NPG 4407

Jonathan Swift

by studio of Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1709-1710)
NPG 4407

Jonathan Swift, by Charles Jervas - NPG 278

Jonathan Swift

by Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, circa 1718
NPG 278

Jonathan Swift, by Francis Bindon - NPG 5319

Jonathan Swift

by Francis Bindon
oil on canvas, circa 1735
NPG 5319

Jonathan Swift, by Rupert Barber - NPG 6961

Jonathan Swift

by Rupert Barber
pastel, circa 1745
NPG 6961

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31511

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31511

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31513

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31513

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31514

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31514

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31515

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31515

Jonathan Swift, by Peter Pelham, published by  John Bowles - NPG D31519

Jonathan Swift

by Peter Pelham, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D31519

Jonathan Swift, by Paul Fourdrinier, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D19420

Jonathan Swift

by Paul Fourdrinier, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, (circa 1718)
NPG D19420

Jonathan Swift, by Alexander van Aken, after  Markham - NPG D4082

Jonathan Swift

by Alexander van Aken, after Markham
mezzotint, published 25 February 1740
NPG D4082

Jonathan Swift, by Andrew Miller, after  Francis Bindon - NPG D31512

Jonathan Swift

by Andrew Miller, after Francis Bindon
mezzotint, 1743-1744
NPG D31512

Jonathan Swift, by Thomas Burford, published by  John Bowles, after  Markham - NPG D40800

Jonathan Swift

by Thomas Burford, published by John Bowles, after Markham
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D40800

Jonathan Swift, by Thomas Burford, published by  John Bowles, after  Markham - NPG D18728

Jonathan Swift

by Thomas Burford, published by John Bowles, after Markham
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D18728

Jonathan Swift, by Simon François Ravenet, after  Thomas Barber - NPG D31518

Jonathan Swift

by Simon François Ravenet, after Thomas Barber
line engraving, published 1752
NPG D31518

Jonathan Swift, after Unknown artist - NPG D31520

Jonathan Swift

after Unknown artist
etching, published 1752
NPG D31520

Jonathan Swift, by Christian Fritzsch, after  Rupert Barber - NPG D8209

Jonathan Swift

by Christian Fritzsch, after Rupert Barber
line engraving, 1752
NPG D8209

Jonathan Swift, by Benjamin Wilson, after  Thomas Barber - NPG D13923

Jonathan Swift

by Benjamin Wilson, after Thomas Barber
etching, published 1752
NPG D13923

Jonathan Swift, by William Walker, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31517

Jonathan Swift

by William Walker, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D31517

Jonathan Swift, by William Holl Sr - NPG D31516

Jonathan Swift

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31516

Jonathan Swift, by J. Pass, after  Francis Bindon - NPG D40799

Jonathan Swift

by J. Pass, after Francis Bindon
stipple engraving printed in colours, 1828
NPG D40799

Jonathan Swift, by Benjamin Holl, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D8206

Jonathan Swift

by Benjamin Holl, after Charles Jervas
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D8206

Jonathan Swift, by Photographische Gesellschaft, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D40790

Jonathan Swift

by Photographische Gesellschaft, after Charles Jervas
photogravure, early 20th century (circa 1718)
NPG D40790

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Jonathan Swift

by Paul Fourdrinier, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, (circa 1718)
NPG D20036

Web image not currently available

Jonathan Swift

by Alexander van Aken, after Markham
mezzotint, published 25 February 1740
NPG D19237

Web image not currently available

Jonathan Swift

by Thomas Burford, published by John Bowles, after Markham
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D19089

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