James Bradley

1 portrait by Thomas Hudson

James Bradley, after Thomas Hudson, circa 1833-1840 (circa 1742-1747) - NPG 1073 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Bradley

after Thomas Hudson
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1833-1840 (circa 1742-1747)
10 1/4 in. x 8 3/8 in. (260 mm x 213 mm)
Purchased, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1073


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Sitterback to top

  • James Bradley (1693-1762), Astronomer Royal. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 182 portraits.

This portraitback to top

A 19th-century copy of the earliest known portrait of this celebrated astronomer, perhaps taken from Faber's engraving of the same size, which was probably made from the portrait belonging to the Royal Society. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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Linked publicationsback to top

  • Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 25
  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 24
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 72

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