Stephen Hales

1 portrait by Thomas Hudson

Stephen Hales, studio of Thomas Hudson, circa 1759 - NPG 1861 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Stephen Hales

studio of Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1759
30 1/8 in. x 25 in. (765 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased, 1920
Primary Collection
NPG 1861


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Sitterback to top

  • Stephen Hales (1677-1761), Natural philosopher, chemist and inventor. Sitter in 6 portraits.

Artistback to top

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

This portraitback to top

Conceivably an early or contemporary copy of a lost original. Hales wears a black gown and the plain white clerical bands of a cleric. 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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  • Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 26
  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 115
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 271