Sir John Harington (1561-1612), Wit and writer; translator of 'Orlando Furioso'
Sitter in 10 portraits
Described by Elizabeth I as 'that saucy poet, my godson', Harington is known particularly for his translation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (1591), written at the command of the Queen. Among his other publications were a number of satirical works, including The Metamorphosis of Ajax (1596), on the subject of water closets. A disparaging remark about the late Earl of Leicester in the latter text led to Harington's banishment from court.
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