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A prolific poet, Cowley had a profound impact upon later seventeenth-century poetry. His reputation was short-lived however and had waned by the mid-eighteenth century.Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, his first volume of verse, Poetical Blossoms, was published in 1633 when he was fifteen and included poems written from the age of ten.As a Royalist during the English civil wars he was deprived of his Cambridge fellowship in 1643.
oil on canvas
121.9 x 101.6 cm
Purchased, 1961. On long-term loan to Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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