Monument to John Milton,
Monument to John Milton, , bronze medal, 1737, by J. S. Tanner, bare head bust of John Milton profile right, JOHANNES . MILTONUS. rev. legend in eleven lines, E MARMORE IN ECCLESIA SANCTI PETRI APUD WESTMONASTERIUM EREOTORE GULIELMO BENSONO ARM . ANNO SALUTIS HUMANAE M DCC XXXVII . RYSBRACHIUS SCULPSIT. INSCRIPTION TRANSLATION: RYSBRACH SCULPTURED [THE MONUMENT] OF MARBLE ERECTED BY WILLIAM BENSON, ESQ. , IN THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER, WESTMINSTER, IN THE YEAR OF GRACE, 1737. 52 mm, (M. I. 524/83). Nearly extremely fine. £Sold
William Benson, better known by the style of Auditor Benson, employed Rysbrach to erect the monument to the memory of Milton which now exists in Westminster Abbey, and engaged Tanner to engrave this medal, one of which he presented on the 9th December 1738, the anniversary of Milton's birthday, to the author of the best poem in praise of Paradise Lost. The portrait on the monument was taken from a bust in the possession of Mr. Thomas Hollis, and from a drawing by Faithorne.
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