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Image number: RS.17174
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of John Milton


18th century


John Milton (1608-1674, British), Poet


the elder Richardson (1665-1745, British), Artist


William Faithorne the Elder (1611-1691, British), Engraver

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v6 p67



height (plate): 186mm
width (plate): 142mm



Drawing of John Milton by Jonathan Richardson, after an engraving by William Faithorne.

John Milton (1608-1674) was a poet and man of letters. He was a supporter of the Parliament (Cromwell) during the Civil War, which meant he went into hiding after the Restoration in 1660 and lived a quiet life afterwards. During his entire life he published many pamphlets and poetic and philosophical texts, including his famous Paradise Lost (1667).

From a set of albums known as Collectanea Newtoniana, a selection of prints, original artwork and manuscripts relating to Newton, collected by Charles Turnor (1768-1853). Turnor was an astronomer, collector and Fellow of the Royal Society. He owned Woolsthorpe Manor (Newton’s birthplace).

Related Fellows

Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British), Natural philosopher

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