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John Milton

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John Milton, by Unknown artist, after 1674 - NPG 3781 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Milton

by Unknown artist
marble bust, after 1674
18 in. (457 mm) high
Given by Denis Saurat, 1950
Primary Collection
NPG 3781

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  • John Milton (1608-1674), Poet. Sitter associated with 72 portraits.

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Political society, the Green Ribbon Club, begins meeting. Initially composed of disaffected lawyers and republicans, the club opposed what it believed was a gradual shift towards a pro-Catholic government under Charles II. Political economist, Slingsby Bethel is an early member.

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Revision of John Dryden and William Davenant's adaptation of William Shakespeare's, The Tempest, into a semi-opera is probably accomplished by playwright, Thomas Shadwell. The adaptation popularised operatic entertainment. Shadwell's subsequent dramatic musical score for his play Psyche (1675), became the first to be published in England.


Lord treasurer, Thomas Osborne, argues for a separate peace deal with Holland as concerns grow in Parliament over England's alliance with France in the Third Anglo-Dutch War. Refused further funds for the war, Charles II signs the Treaty of Westminster ending English participation in the conflict.

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