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Richard Porson (1759-1808), Greek scholar

Sitter in 9 portraits
A classical scholar, the most brilliant of the English school that devoted itself to the task of freeing Greek texts from corruption introduced through the centuries. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, which he attended from 1778 to 1785, and was appointed Professor of Greek there in 1792. Porson's edition of the plays of Aeschylus was printed in 1792. He edited four plays of Euripides: Hecuba (1797), Orestes (1798), Phoenissae (1799), and Medea (1801). Porson was acclaimed for his insight into Greek metre and his appreciation of the fine points of Greek diction. A Porson prize for the best translation into classical Greek verse has been awarded at Cambridge since 1817.

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Richard Porson

by Giovanni Domenico Giannelli
plaster cast of bust, 1808
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Richard Porson

by Elkington & Co, after a bust by Giovanni Domenico Giannelli
electrotype of bust, 1883 (1808)
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D15348

Richard Porson

by Henry Adlard, published by Longman & Co, after John Hoppner
line engraving, (1796)
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D5546

Richard Porson

by William Sharp, after John Hoppner
line engraving, published 4 November 1810
NPG D5546

D19686

Richard Porson

by and published by William Sharp, after John Hoppner
line engraving, published 4 November 1810
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D40361

Richard Porson

by Henry Adlard, published by Longman & Co, after John Hoppner
line engraving, (1796)
NPG D40361

D15354

Richard Porson

published by James Asperne
etching and stipple engraving, published 1 January 1809
NPG D15354

D19859

Richard Porson

by and published by William Sharp, after John Hoppner
line engraving, published 4 November 1810
NPG D19859

D40362

Richard Porson

by Charles Turner, published by R. Harradan & Son, after Thomas Kirkby
mezzotint, published 1 October 1812
NPG D40362