Portrait of the Day: John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

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19 July 2014, 12:00

Room 7


  • Gallery Talk

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, by Unknown artist, circa 1665-1670 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
by Unknown artist
circa 1665-1670
NPG 804

A member of the most dissolute and licentious court circles, Rochester with his ready wit alternately fascinated and enraged Charles II, who dismissed him from court at least once a year, but always had him immediately recalled. As a poet his name is chiefly associated with a number of obscene and pornographic works, but he was also a satirist and lyricist of genius.  Talk led by Emma Burgess

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