Alex.r Pope Esq.r
Engraving and etching. 127 x 76mm. 5 x 3". Trimmed and laid on card.
Alexander Pope seated at his desk, bust sculpture behind him. Pope, the 18th century English poet, was best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his 'Pastorals' in 1709. With 'The Rape of the Lock' (1712), and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of both friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote 'what oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed'. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, part of Lord Burlington's circle, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham (particularly his 'grotto'), he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.
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