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Abraham Cowley poet portrait engraving Faithorne

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Original antique portrait print


Abraham Cowley (1618-1667) was an English poet. 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. He joined King Charles I at Oxford before following Queen Henrietta Maria to France as her secretary. On the Restoration she granted him land. He studied medicine and became an MD in 1657, thereafter living in retirement, studying botany and writing essays. Faint mark within platemark of portrait.

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artist A Smith after Faithorne
method Copper-line engraving
date 1795
size 70mmm by 60mm (platemark) 225mm by 120mm (sheet)
SKU PT7591