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Abraham Cowley poet portrait engraving Lely

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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. Trimmed within platemark and laid onto a backing sheet.

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artist John Hall (1739-1797) after Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)
method Copper-line engraving
date C1780
size 130mm by 80mm (sheet)
SKU PT7589