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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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Michael Drayton, by Unknown artist - NPG 2528

Michael Drayton

by Unknown artist
watercolour, circa 1700-1750
NPG 2528

Michael Drayton, by William Hole (Holle) - NPG D20358

Michael Drayton

by William Hole (Holle)
line engraving, published 1619
NPG D20358

Michael Drayton, by William Marshall, published by  John Smethwick - NPG D27970

Michael Drayton

by William Marshall, published by John Smethwick
line engraving, published 1637
NPG D27970

Monument to Michael Drayton, by James Cole - NPG D27969

Monument to Michael Drayton

by James Cole
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D27969

Memorial to Michael Drayton in Westminster Abbey, by James Cole - NPG D35392

Memorial to Michael Drayton in Westminster Abbey

by James Cole
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D35392

Michael Drayton, by R. Clamp, published by  E. & S. Harding - NPG D27972

Michael Drayton

by R. Clamp, published by E. & S. Harding
stipple engraving, published 1794
NPG D27972

Michael Drayton, published by William Richardson, after  William Hole (Holle) - NPG D35393

Michael Drayton

published by William Richardson, after William Hole (Holle)
line engraving, published 1 September 1796
NPG D35393

Michael Drayton, published by Thomas Rodd the Elder - NPG D27971

Michael Drayton

published by Thomas Rodd the Elder
line engraving, published 1816
NPG D27971

Michael Drayton, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17162

Michael Drayton

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, June 1818
NPG D17162

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