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George Whitefield (1714-1770), Methodist leader

Sitter in 14 portraits
Whitefield was a major force in the development of Methodism and the widespread evangelical revival of the early eighteenth century. In the 1730s he was a member of John Wesley's 'Holy Club' at Oxford but, favouring a more Calvinistic form of Methodism, Whitefield broke from Wesley in 1741. The Anglican Church had not assigned him pulpit so he began preaching in parks and fields in England on his own, reaching out to people who normally did not attend church. Whitefield's fervour, his small stature, and even his cross-eyed appearance all served to make him popular in Wales and Scotland as well as in America. His sermons were often advertised before he arrived to ensure large turnouts.

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George Whitefield

by John Wollaston
oil on canvas, circa 1742
NPG 131


George Whitefield

by John Russell
oil on canvas laid on board, 1770?
NPG 1792


George Whitefield

by John Faber Jr, published by James Hutton, after G. Beard
mezzotint, circa 1738-1756
NPG D4776


George Whitefield

by John Faber Jr, printed for John Bowles, after John Wollaston
mezzotint, (circa 1742)
NPG D4782


George Whitefield

after M. Jenkin
mezzotint, circa 1750-1800
NPG D4781


Parrawankaw; George Whitefield

after Unknown artist
line and stipple engraving, circa 1760s
NPG D8312


George Whitefield

by John Greenwood, published by Robert Sayer, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, (circa 1768)
NPG D4777


George Whitefield

by John Greenwood, published by Carington Bowles, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D4778


George Whitefield

by Johann Elias Haid, after M. Jenkin
mezzotint, 1783
NPG D4780


George Whitefield

published by Bowles & Carver, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, circa 1790-1830
NPG D4779


George Whitefield

by Andrew Miller, after M. Jenkin
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D20384


George Whitefield

published by Robert Sayer, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published circa 1769
NPG D14225


George Whitefield

by Victor Marie Picot, after Nathaniel Hone
line engraving, circa 1775-1800
NPG D20488

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