There is an undoubted original picture of Butler, in the possession of Thomas Heyter, esq. of Salisbury. This is the portrait that formerly belonged to Mr. Longueville.
Butler stands without a rival in burlesque poetry. His Hudibras is, in its kind, almost as great an effort of genius as the Paradise Lost itself. It abounds with uncommon learning, new rhymes, and original thoughts. Its images are truly and naturally ridiculous; nor is human nature degraded to that of monkeys and yahoos. There are in it many strokes of temporary satire, and some characters and allusions which cannot be discovered at this distance of time. The character of Hudibras is, with good reason, believed to have been intended for Samuel Luke; and that of Whachum, but with much less probability, for Captain George Wharton.