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Abraham Cowley

(1618-1667), Poet

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
A prolific poet, Cowley had a profound impact upon later seventeenth-century poetry. His reputation was short-lived however and had waned by the mid-eighteenth century. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, his first volume of verse, Poetical Blossoms, was published in 1633 when he was fifteen and included poems written from the age of ten. As a Royalist during the English civil wars he was deprived of his Cambridge fellowship in 1643. He joined King Charles I at Oxford before following Queen Henrietta Maria to France as her secretary. On the Restoration she granted him land. He studied medicine and became an MD in 1657, thereafter living in retirement, studying botany and writing essays.

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Abraham Cowley, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 74

Abraham Cowley

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1660
NPG 74

Abraham Cowley, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 4215

Abraham Cowley

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1666-1667
NPG 4215

Abraham Cowley, after Robert Vaughan - NPG D33708

Abraham Cowley

after Robert Vaughan
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D33708

Abraham Cowley, after Robert Vaughan - NPG D33709

Abraham Cowley

after Robert Vaughan
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D33709

Abraham Cowley, after Robert Vaughan - NPG D33710

Abraham Cowley

after Robert Vaughan
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D33710

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne - NPG D22708

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D22708

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30139

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D30139

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne - NPG D33713

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D33713

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne - NPG D33714

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1668 or after
NPG D33714

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D42264

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D42264

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne - NPG D42464

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D42464

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D42466

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1668
NPG D42466

Abraham Cowley, after Unknown artist - NPG D27291

Abraham Cowley

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D27291

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D22709

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1673
NPG D22709

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Mary Beale - NPG D30136

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Mary Beale
line engraving, published 1673
NPG D30136

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Mary Beale - NPG D30142

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Mary Beale
line engraving, published 1673
NPG D30142

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D33711

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1673
NPG D33711

Monument to Abraham Cowley in Westminster Abbey, by Robert White, printed for  Charles Harper, and printed for  Jacob Tonson I - NPG D33715

Monument to Abraham Cowley in Westminster Abbey

by Robert White, printed for Charles Harper, and printed for Jacob Tonson I
line engraving, published 1681
NPG D33715

Abraham Cowley, by William Faithorne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D22710

Abraham Cowley

by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1687
NPG D22710

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