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Explanatory Notes and Remarks on Milton's Paradise Lost. By J. Richardson, Father and Son. - With the Life of the Author, and a Discourse on the Poem. By J.R. Sen.

Jonathan Richardson the Elder commentator

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for James, John, and Paul Knapton, at the Crown in Ludgate-street, near the West-End of St. Paul's., M.DCC.XXXIV.

Physical Description

[2], clxxxii, 546 p., frontis. (port.); 202 mm. (Octavo.)


[Front., t.p.] - [Preface] - [Text] - [Additions]; Errata - Table Of The Principal Subjects In The Poem - Pictures - Short Abstract of Paradise Lost.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed, 'J: R: sen. f. From an Excelt. Orig: (Crayons) in his Collection.'Both plates are signed as engraved by G. Vertue.


ESTC, T135898

Summary Note

Jonathan Richardson the elder was best-known as a portrait-painter and writer on art; but he was also interested in literature. The publication of his notes on Milton's Paradise Lost may have been prompted by the publication of Richard Bentley's edition in 1732.

The frontispiece shows a portrait drawing of Milton, captioned with a quotation from his Latin poem, 'Mansus'.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm copy was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Purchased for the Royal Academy's Library in 1882 (see RA Annual Report for 1882, p. 45).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Remarks On Milton's Paradise Lost'.

Name as Subject

John Milton, Paradise lost


Bible stories, English - Adam (Biblical figure) - Eve (Biblical figure) - Fall of man
English poetry - Epic poetry - Epics - Great Britain - 17th century
Criticism - Commentaries - Great Britain - 18th century


Jonathan Richardson the Younger, commentator
James Knapton, publisher
John Knapton, publisher
Paul Knapton, publisher