Milton, John (fl.1770) (DNB00)

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MILTON, JOHN (fl. 1770), painter, was a descendant of Sir Christopher Milton [q. v.] brother of the poet. He worked in the neighbourhood of London, first at Charlton, and later at Peckham, exhibiting with the Free Society from 1768 to 1774, and with the Society of Artists in 1773 and 1774. Milton chiefly painted sea-pieces, with an occasional landscape, and some animal subjects; he excelled in the representation of dogs. His ‘Strong Gale’ was finely mezzotinted by R. Laurie, and his ‘English Setter’ was engraved by J. Cook and S. Smith as a companion plate to Woollett's ‘Spanish Pointer,’ after Stubbs. He was the father of Thomas Milton, the landscape engraver, who is noticed in a separate article.

[Nagler's Allgemeines Kunstler-Lexicon; Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Graves's Dict. of Artists.]

F. M. O'D.