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[Portrait] Effigies Michaelis Drayton ...

[Portrait] Effigies Michaelis Drayton ... : W.Hole

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Michael Drayton (1563-1631) was an English poet who composed the "Poly-Olbion". This was illustrated with one of the most unusual series of county maps ever published. The "Poly-Olbion" was a series of poems, or songs, extolling the beauties of the English and Welsh countryside, and was first published in 1612. This head and shoulders portrait by William Hole shows Drayton wearing a garland of laurel, sometimes said to communicate prophecy and poetry and also a symbol of victory. A verse in Latin appears beneath. The National Portrait Gallery also owns an example - NPG D20358. Trimmed close and laid on archival paper.
mapmaker: W.Hole  
place and date of publication: London 1618
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 190 x 120
ref: 34582

Price: £ 300

 
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