Mr. John Milton.Three Poets in three distant ages born/ Greece, Italy, and England did adorn [...]
Sold by T. Bowles in Pauls Church Yd. & J Bowles Church Yd. & J. Bowles & Son in Cornhill [n.d., c.1745]
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 340 x 245mm (13½ x 9¾"). Repaired tear inside image on left & right in margins.
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet, polemicist, scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. His best-known works include 'Paradise Lost', 'Paradise Regained' and 'Samson Agonistes'. After his death Milton became associated with the whig cause and was regarded as an unambiguous republican. In the eighteenth century, around the time of this portrait, the style of 'Paradise Lost' was responsible for developments in poetic diction and syntax seen in poets such as Alexander Pope and William Thompson. Portrait with laurel wreath, and lines from Dryden below.
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