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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741), Patron of letters and collector

Sitter in 12 portraits
Edward Harley entered Christ Church, Oxford in 1707 and succeeded to the title as 2nd Earl of Oxford in 1724. He was a patron of Pope, Swift, Prior and Vertue. His great library, started by his father and described by Samuel Johnson as excelling any offered for sale, was dispersed in 1742, but the celebrated (Harleian) manuscripts were bought for the British Museum in 1753 from the dowager countess.

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1808

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1725
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D5447

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, 1746 (1728)
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D5445

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1746 (1728)
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D16242

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, 1746 (1728)
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D39487

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, published 1809
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D3794

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, published 1809
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D39488

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
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D5448

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, 1746 (1728)
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