Samuel Horsley

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Samuel Horsley, by Walter Stephens Lethbridge, circa 1803 - NPG 155 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Horsley

by Walter Stephens Lethbridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1803
3 3/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (86 mm x 67 mm) oval
Purchased, 1863
Primary Collection
NPG 155

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  • Samuel Horsley (1733-1806), Bishop of St Asaph; Secretary of the Royal Society. Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Horsley graduated from Cambridge in 1758 and became rector of Newington Butts, Surrey, the following year. The author of works on astronomical and geometrical science, in 1768 he went up to Oxford as a private tutor to Heneage Finch. A fellow of the Royal Society, he resigned after a dispute in 1783-4 in which he played a prominent part, and in 1785 completed his edition of Sir Isaac Newton's works. Throughout much of the 1780s Finch was engaged in a scholarly dispute with Priestley over the Incarnation. He was made Bishop of Asaph in 1802 and is seen here in his bishop's robes.

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