Oval black basalt medallion with relief portrait of John Dryden 1631 1700 facing right John Dryden was born in Aldwincle near Thrapston in Northamptonshire the eldest of fourteen children In 1650 Dryden went to Trinity College Cambridge where he studied the standard curriculum of classics rhetoric and mathematics He graduated in 1654 with his BA graduating top of the list for Trinity that year Dryden returned to London during the Protectorate where he obtained work with Cromwells secretary of state John Thurloe This later helped him publish his first poem Heroic Stanzas 1658 a eulogy on Cromwells death which is cautious and prudent in its emotional display

John Dryden

Leeds Pottery

About 1795