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A bust portrait of the poet John Dryden, facing the right with his head turned halfway towards the viewer. He is surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves, and flanked by Thias and Alexander, characters from his poem 'Alexander's Feast' or 'The Power of Music'. On the left are all the accessories from Alexander's Feast. Ferns also frame the edges of the piece. The piece is one of 18 heads of poets made for Blake's patron: William Hayley.
tempera on canvas
40.3 x 80.8 cm
purchased from Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd, 1885