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Medallion - John Milton

John Milton

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740 - ca. 1769 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van der Hagen, Gaspar (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Portraits of historical British 'worthies' were highly popular in the eighteenth century. Ivory medallions and portrait busts of great men and women were widely produced. John Milton was frequently portrayed during the eighteenth century and revered as both a great poet and as a political voice. A number of versions of this ivory portrait are known. This medallion is probably made by Gaspar van der Hagen in ca. 1740-69, after John Michael Rysbrack.

Physical description

Milton is shown in profile to the right with long waving hair. He wears a coat with a plain deep turn-over collar tied in front with a cord finished with tassels.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1740 - ca. 1769 (made)


van der Hagen, Gaspar (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 9.3 cm, Width: 6.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A. in 1938.

Descriptive line

Medallion, ivory, depicting John Milton, probably by Gaspar van der Hagen, after John Michael Rysbrack, Netherlandish, produced in Britain, ca. 1740-1769

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 129






Medallions; Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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