1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dyer

John Duncombe, in Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 3:61-62n.



Mr. Dyer was the second son of Robert Dyer, esq; of Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire, a solicitor of great capacity and note; he finished his school-studies at Westminster under Dr. Freind, from whence he was called away to be instructed in his father's profession; but disliking the law, and his father soon after dying, he settled himself with Mr. Richardson, painter, in Lincoln's-inn-fields, being fond of the art of drawing from his childhood, and his imagination glowing and strong. He afterwards travelled into Italy for improvement, and at Rome formed the plan of his poem on its "ruins." At his return, ill health, his love of books, solitude, and reflection, induced him to enter into orders. He died in 1758, aged 58.