Thursday, January 26, 2012

Portrait of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Dig the monkey and the pages of manuscript. The artist is unknown, and the painting is dated between 1665-1670. If the later date were true, that would put the painting of the portrait five years before the publication of the Satyr Against Mankind and ten years before his death, presumably from various venereal diseases exacerbated by alcoholism.

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