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John Milton (1608-1674), Poet

Sitter associated with 70 portraits
Milton is regarded as one of the greatest English poets and a master of political pamphleteering. Forceful and idealistic, he served the Commonwealth as Latin Secretary but was arrested upon the restoration of Charles II. The tragic circumstances of his life - an unhappy marriage, the premature death of his second wife and his eventual blindness in 1652 are reflected in the often despairing tone of his work. Milton is best known for his epics, Paradise Lost (1667), Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes (1671). Intense cultural interest in the nature of blindness meant that artists and writers continued to be fascinated by his experience of sight loss in the Romantic and Victorian periods.

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4222

John Milton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1629
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4222

2102

John Milton

after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
plaster cast of bust, (circa 1660)
NPG 2102

1396

John Milton

by Horace Montford, after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
plaster cast of bust, (circa 1660)
NPG 1396

610

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG 610

3781

John Milton

by Unknown artist
marble bust, after 1674
On display at National Media Museum, Bradford
NPG 3781

D5262

John Milton

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1645
NPG D5262

D5263

John Milton

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1645
NPG D5263

D22856

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG D22856

D22857

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1670
NPG D22857

D22861

John Milton

after William Faithorne
line engraving, (1670)
NPG D22861

D30105

John Milton

by Walter Dolle
line engraving, published 1672
NPG D30105

D30107

John Milton

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1695
NPG D30107

D22860

John Milton

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1698
NPG D22860

D30103

John Milton

possibly by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D30103

D30104

John Milton

by David Coster
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D30104

D42248

John Milton

by Unknown artist
wax seal impression, 18th century?
NPG D42248

D16769

John Milton

by C. Widder, after Peter Vandyke
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D16769

D23543

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
engraving, published 1720
NPG D23543

D30102

John Milton

by John Simon, after William Faithorne
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D30102

D30109

John Milton

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, 1725
NPG D30109