Michael Drayton(1563-1631), Poet
Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Drayton was a versatile poet working in the tradition of Edmund Spenser. Like Shakespeare, Drayton came from relatively humble origins in Warwickshire, where his father may have been a butcher or a tanner. At the time this portrait was painted Drayton was a respected published poet and London gentleman. Around this time he also began to write plays frequently in collaboration with other playwrights.
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