"the large and imposing figure of a gentleman which Milton recommended for my perpetual adoration"

John Milton, Temple of British Worthies, Stowe
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John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet and author. He served as a Civil Servant under Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth Government.

It is not clear what 'large and imposing figure of a gentleman' was recommended for 'perpetual adoration' by Milton, although it has been suggested that it might be God, or Milton himself, representing a patriarchal society.