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John Wesley (1703-1791), Methodist leader

Sitter in 30 portraits
Wesley was the founder of Methodism. This evangelical movement grew from the 'Holy Club' of his Oxford friends, in the late 1720s, into the most influential religious group in eighteenth-century Britain. A Church of England clergyman, Wesley gave sermons around the country, averaging 8,000 miles a year on horseback, and wrote hundreds of hymns and tracts. The reluctance of the Anglican clergy to lend him their pulpits led him, urged on by fellow clergyman George Whitefield, to preach in the open air. This unorthodox decision ensured Methodism reached the masses as well as people who were alienated by the Church's complacency. He was the brother of Charles and uncle of Samuel.

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John Wesley

by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, circa 1766
On display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery
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John Wesley

after George Romney
oil on canvas, (1789)
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271

John Wesley

attributed to Samuel Manning Sr, or Samuel Manning Jr
marble bust, circa 1825-1851
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D37682

John Wesley

by Unknown artist
engraving, after 1727
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D19399

John Wesley

by John Faber Jr, published by and after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, published 10 September 1743
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D4741

John Wesley

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after J. Williams
mezzotint, published circa 1745-1794
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D37652

John Wesley

by George Vertue, after John Michael Williams
engraving, 1746
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D37683

John Wesley

printed and sold by John Tinney
mezzotint, before 1761
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D16939

John Wesley

by Bland, after Nathaniel Hone
line engraving, circa 1766
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D4740

John Wesley

after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1770
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D8305

John Wesley

by John Greenwood, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 20 December 1770 (circa 1766)
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D37684

John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, published by John Brydon, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
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D37685

John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, published by John Brydon, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
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D2978

John Wesley

by William Nelson Gardiner, published by Edward Harding, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, published 10 March 1788
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D16248

James Hamilton; John Wesley; Joseph Cole

by Consitt & Goodwill, after John Kay
line engraving, (1790)
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D8303

John Wesley

by Thomas Holloway
line engraving, published 1791
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D8306

John Wesley

after John Jackson
stipple and line engraving, circa 1791-1830
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D8307

John Wesley

after John Jackson
stipple and line engraving, circa 1791-1830
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D2979

John Wesley

by William Ridley, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published March 1792
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D8304

'The First Wesleyan Conference'

by Unknown engraver
line engraving, 19th century
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D6848

John Wesley

by Fry, after a print by Bland
stipple engraving, published 1824
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D37653

John Wesley with a view of Epworth Church

by William Ward, published by Thomas Roberts, after John Jackson, after George Romney
mezzotint and etching, published 1 August 1825 (1789)
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D37686

John Wesley ('The death of the Revrd John Wesley A.M.')

published by S. Lipschitz
lithograph, published 22 April 1870
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D14216

John Wesley

by James Watson, printed by Robert Sayer, after J. Williams
mezzotint, published circa 1745-1794
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D16940

John Wesley

by Bland, after Nathaniel Hone
line engraving, circa 1766
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D20225

John Wesley

by John Greenwood, published by Robert Sayer, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 20 December 1770 (circa 1766)
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D19112

John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
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D19113

John Wesley

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by J. Mason, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, 1828
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