[Milton-L] Portrait of Milton

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 16:46:05 EST 2014


I checked back with Terrance and obtained a link to the image:

http://wahcenter.wix.com/wah-center-books#!news/ckfs

Jeffery Hodges


> Yuko Nii Foundation acquires 17th C. portrait of John Milton
> UnknownMiniature Water Color Portrait of John Milton, Poet & Defender of
> Freedom, 17th Century or Later
>
> This pleasant looking miniature painting on ivory of a curly reddish brown
> haired man is similar to an original portrait of John Milton now in the
> possession of the Morgan Library. This is one of the handsomest paintings
> of Milton I have ever seen. It shows him at the time of the full flower of
> his poetic genius. We will display it with several other Milton portraits
> in our collection in December to celebrate Milton's birthday and the
> opening of our Edwardian reading room in our national landmark building
> along with three 17th century copies of Paradise Lost. Terrance Lindall
>
> The following is copied from the Morgan description of their original
> portrait (and this is the link to this Morgan Library portrait):
>


> http://www.themorgan.org/collection/John-Miltons-Paradise-Lost/49
>
> "This portrait of a middle-aged man, costumed in a black buttoned vest,
> black gown, square white collar tied with strings and having two tassels
> below, is believed to depict John Milton at forty-eight years of age.
> According to John Aubrey, an early biographer of Milton, the poet's long
> hair was "abroun" or "reddish," and his "complexion exceeding fayre." This
> miniature may have been given by Milton to his second wife, Katherine
> Woodcock, whom he married in November 1656. She gave birth to a daughter in
> October 1657, but both mother and child died the following year. Woodcock
> is commemorated in Sonnet 23 as "my late espousèd saint." The miniature was
> bequeathed to Woodcock's niece and was handed down in direct succession
> through the Woodcock family."
>
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