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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Satirist and divine

Sitter in 23 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 Thomas Burford, published by John Bowles, after Markham
mezzotint, 1744
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Jonathan Swift

by J. Pass, after Francis Bindon
stipple engraving printed in colours, 1828
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Jonathan Swift

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