John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester(1647-1680), Poet and libertine
Sitter in 11 portraits
A poet and courtier, Rochester's satirical wit and licentiousness alternately fascinated and enraged Charles II, who dismissed him from court at least once a year. He is best known for his amorous lyrics, biting satires and obscene fantasies; fickle patron of poets and dramatists, including Dryden.
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1665-1670
On display at Royal Museums Greenwich, London, UK in the exhibition Samuel Pepys and the Stuart Age