Sir Richard Steele(1672-1729), Dramatist and essayist
Sitter in 33 portraits
Sir Richard Steele was born in Dublin. After a brief period as a captain in the army, he moved to London where he became a dramatist and an essayist, noted for his contributions to The Tatler (1709-11) and The Spectator (1711-12), which he co-founded with Joseph Addison. In 1705 Steele married Margaret Stench, a widow from Barbados whose estates included sugar plantations worked on by enslaved Africans. Within a year she had died and Steele inherited her fortune. At this time Steele was a prominent member of the Kit-Cat Club and later became a Whig politician.
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