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Abraham Cowley

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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.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1666–1667

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    121.9 x 101.6 cm

  • Accession number

    4215

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1961. On long-term loan to Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

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