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John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Originally trained as a lawyer, the poet and cleric Donne, is best known for the passionate and witty metaphysical love poems he wrote in his youth, which include, The Bait and The Flea. A student at Oxford and at the Inns of Court, Donne was raised a Catholic, but in 1615 was ordained a priest in the Church of England by John King, Bishop of London. Thereafter he wrote eloquent religious verse and sermons. He was Chaplain to King James I, and in 1621 was appointed Dean of St Paul's Cathedral. His work became widely celebrated following general publication after his death.

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6790

John Donne

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1595
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
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1849

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, (1616)
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D21407

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
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D25948

John Donne

by Martin Droeshout
line engraving, 1633
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D27961

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart
line engraving, published 1633
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D27962

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart
line engraving, published 1633
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D25950

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
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D25951

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
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D1307

John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
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D25490

John Donne

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1649
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D7835

John Donne

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
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D21409

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1651
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D25947

John Donne

by Cook
line engraving, published 1778
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D25949

John Donne

by William Skelton
line engraving, probably early 19th century
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D21118

Funeral effigy of John Donne

by James Peller Malcolm
etching, published 1820
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D17161

John Donne

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1824
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D21408

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
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D22610

John Donne

by Pierre Lombart, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1651
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D35350

Monumental effigy of John Donne

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, 1658
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