Etching, rare; sheet 155 x 105mm (6 x 4"). Laid on backing sheet. with ms annotation below.
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. One of many engravings derived from the print made by Milton's contemporary William Faithorne.
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