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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