Portrait of John Donne
- Art Funded
- 72.4 x 60 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £200,000 (Total: £1,400,000; Tax remission)
- Executors of the late Marquis of Lothian
Donne was one of the most talented writers of the Elizabethan age and his poetry, essays and sermons were widely celebrated following publication after his death. The playwright Ben Johnson thought that Donne had written all his best poetry before the age of twenty-five and this portrait dates from this period of intense creativity. The painting was acquired after a successful public campaign.
Robert Ker, 1st Earl of Ancram (1578-1654); by direct descent to the late Marquis of Lothian.