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John Gay (1685-1732), Poet and dramatist

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
John Gay was a poet and dramatist, best remembered for his hugely successful dramatic satire The Beggar's Opera(1727). Along with his friend Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Gay was a member of the Scriblerus Club, a group of like-minded men who exposed and attacked ignorance and pretentiousness in literature. Johnson did not rate Gay's poetry highly but credited him with the invention of the ballad opera.

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Unknown man, formerly known as John Gay

attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, before 1723?
NPG 622

D21368

'The South Sea Scheme'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, circa 1721
NPG D21368

D9490

John Gay

by George Bickham the Elder, after William Aikman
coloured line engraving, published 1729
NPG D9490

D2752

John Gay

by George Bickham the Elder, after William Aikman
line engraving, published 1729
NPG D2752

D8205

John Gay

after William Aikman
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D8205

D2426

John Gay

by William Smith, published by John Thane, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
mezzotint, published 1 December 1775
NPG D2426

D34393

John Gay ('Mr Gay, author of the Beggar's Opera')

after William Aikman
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D34393

D19631

John Gay

by George Perfect Harding, after William Aikman
watercolour, circa 1825-1850
NPG D19631

D14126

John Gay

by Willis, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, (before 1723?)
NPG D14126

D19056

John Gay

by Francis Kyte, published by John Heney, after William Aikman
mezzotint, 1728
NPG D19056

D19470

John Gay

by William Smith, published by John Thane, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
mezzotint, published 1 December 1775
NPG D19470