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Joseph Addison

15 of 24 portraits of Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published 1748 - NPG D7173 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Addison

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1748
Reference Collection
NPG D7173

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Sitterback to top

  • Joseph Addison (1672-1719), Essayist and poet. Sitter in 24 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 426 portraits.
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1677 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This engraving includes pictorial attributes that point to Addison's career as a playwright and poet. The small scene in the roundel depicts the mythical horse Pegasus, sometimes regarded as a symbol for poetic genius.

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