Nath.l Lee the Mad Poet. (From an Original Picture in the Collection of Rich.d Cosway Esq.r R.A.)Author of Eleven Tragedies, which were received with applause, two of them were written after he had been confin’d in Bedlam four years, he Attempted Acting, but did not succeed, he was found dead in the Street Anno 1690 after a Night of Rio and Extravagance. Through all the inmost Chambers of the Sky, May there not be a Glimpse or Starry Spark, But Gods meet Gods &justle in the Dark. Lee’s Aedipus
Pub.d as the Act directs Sep.t 3d. 1778 by John Watts Printseller opposite the Mews Charing Cross London.
Mezzotint. Plate 355 x 254mm. 14 x 10". Uncut.
Nathaniel Lee (c.1650-1692) was an English dramatist. His reputation was lost over his incorporation of politics and the state. Living with John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester and his associates, forced him to adopt their habits and excesses; this pushed his patrons further away who eventually neglected him, by which point he was considered completely unhinged. He was admitted to the Bethlehem Hospital where he spent five years; his release was premature and he died in a drunken fit in 1692.
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