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Edward Young (1683-1765), Poet

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Young studied at Oxford, receiving a law fellowship at All Souls College in 1708. He was a friend of Thomas Tickell and George Bubb Dodington (Baron Melcombe), and a member of Joseph Addison's literary circle. He wrote Busiris, and the Revenge, produced at Drury Lane, 1719-21, and published a series of satires, The Universal Passion, 1725. He was appointed chaplain to King George II, 1728. He married Lady Elizabeth Lee, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Lichfield, 1731. He is best known for The Complaint; or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality, published 1742.

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Edward Young

by Louis Philippe Boitard, after Joseph Highmore
line engraving, mid 18th century
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Edward Young

published by Thomas Vallance, and published by Alexander Hogg
line engraving, published 1 February 1779
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