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James Thomson (1700-1748), Poet

Sitter in 5 portraits
Poet. The son of a Scottish minister and educated at Edinburgh University, Thomson came to London in 1725 where he met Arbuthnot, Gay and Pope and wrote Winter, the first of his celebrated and influential Seasons which appeared from 1726 to 1730. His later work includes his long patriotic poem Liberty and the masque Alfred, containing 'Rule Britannia'.

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James Thomson

after John Patoun
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1746)
NPG 11


James Thomson

by Unknown artist
marble relief, after 1748
NPG 4896


James Thomson

by James Basire, after John Patoun
line engraving, 1761 (circa 1746)
NPG D40437


James Thomson

by Thomas Cook, published by John Bell, after John Patoun
line engraving, published 26 August 1777
NPG D15554


James Thomson

by and published by Peltro William Tomkins, after William Hamilton
stipple engraving, published 6 February 1798
NPG D40438