Jonathan Swift(1667-1745), Satirist and divine
Sitter in 26 portraits
The satirical author Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, where he served as Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral from 1713. Visiting London, he became friends with the writers Congreve, Addison, Steele and Pope. Swift's own successful literary career had been launched with A Tale of a Tub (1704), and his fantastical satire on contemporary politics and manners, Gulliver's Travels (1726), secured his lasting reputation.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
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