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Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Defoe, Daniel

Object details:

Object ID BHC2648
Description A half-length portrait to right in blue and orange gown and brown full bottomed wig. The sitter was one of the most celebrated and notorious political pamphleteers of the late 17th century and the first quarter of the 18th century. His output was prodigious although the only well-remembered literary work is ‘Robinson Crusoe’. He was also a stockholder in the South Sea Company. Although some people today think that the story of Crusoe and Man Friday is really a defence of slavery Defoe is also thought to have written ‘The History of the Pirates’ in 1724, an attack on slavery.
Date made 17th-18th century

Artist/Maker style of Sir Godfrey Kneller
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 832 mm x 715 mm x 100 mm; Painting: 762 mm x 635 mm
  • Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) (BHC2648)
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