A portrait of Ben Johnson, English playwrite and poet (1572-1637) painted on porcelain
A portrait of Ben Johnson, English playwrite and poet (1572-1637) painted on porcelain
A portrait of Ben Johnson, English playwrite and poet (1572-1637) painted on porcelain

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A portrait of Ben Johnson, English playwrite and poet (1572-1637) painted on porcelain

c. 1840 United Kingdom

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Set in a 19th century black wood rectangular frame with gilded border

Ben Johnson was an English poet, playwright, actor, and drama theorist. He was one of Elizabethan England's greatest writers. It is known that Ben studied at Westminster School and received a good education. There are indications that after graduation he was a bricklayer. Later he joined the army, serving in Flanders. He returned to England about 1592 and married Anne Lewis on November 14, 1594.
Johnson was one of the most educated men of his time.

In 1598 he wrote his first comedy Every Man in His Humor. In the same year Jonson killed a fellow actor, was arrested and tried for manslaughter. He escaped the death penalty, but the court had him branded on the thumb with a hot iron as a convicted criminal. He proved himself a great master in the decoration of "masks" - court balls, masquerades.

He flourished as a dramatist during the first decade of the reign of James. He was recognised as an honorary citizen of Edinburgh and was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Oxford University and lectured on rhetoric at Gresham College, London.

The portrait is based on an engraving by Edward Scriven for 'Knight's Gallery of Portraits' edited by Charles Knight, London 1836.
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Height 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Stock Code
5251
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painted on porcelain
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