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Matthew Prior (1664-1721), Poet, Ambassador to France and politician; MP for East Grinstead and Chief Secretary for Ireland

Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Prior was a poet, Tory politician and diplomat who held important positions between 1690 and 1715. He was arrested in 1715 for his part in a corruption and treason scandal. Many important Tories, who sympathised with him, sponsored a hugely profitable edition of his poems.

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6272

Matthew Prior

after Charles Antoine Coysevox
Staffordshire plaque
NPG 6272

91

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Wright, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1728-1736 (circa 1718)
NPG 91

562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (circa 1718)
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 562

D31251

Matthew Prior

by Francis Kyte, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D31251

D3975

Matthew Prior

by Francis Kyte, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint
NPG D3975

D31256

Matthew Prior

after Alexis Simon Belle
line engraving, (1713-1714)
NPG D31256

D19536

Matthew Prior

after Alexis Simon Belle
line engraving, (1713-1714)
NPG D19536

D16598

Matthew Prior

after Alexis Simon Belle
line engraving, (1713-1714)
NPG D16598

D31255

Matthew Prior

by and published by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, (1718)
NPG D31255

D3973

Matthew Prior

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, (1718)
NPG D3973

D19725

Matthew Prior

by and published by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, (1718)
NPG D19725

D19242

Matthew Prior

by George Vertue, after Jonathan Richardson
engraving, 1719
NPG D19242

D3971

Matthew Prior

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1728 (1700)
NPG D3971

D31252

Matthew Prior

after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, mid to late 18th century
NPG D31252

D31253

Matthew Prior

after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, mid to late 18th century
NPG D31253

D31254

Matthew Prior

by Cook, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D31254

D31250

Matthew Prior

by John Hall, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D31250

D3974

Matthew Prior

by Francis Kyte, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint
NPG D3974

D40756

Matthew Prior

after Alexis Simon Belle
line engraving, (1713-1714)
NPG D40756

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