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Abraham Rees

(1743-1825), Encyclopaedist

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 9 portraits
Began his career as Tutor in Mathematics at Coward's Academy in London. Following the academy's move to Hoxton in 1762, Rees became Resident Tutor, a position he held until 1785. From 1786 to 1796 he was Tutor in Hebrew and Mathematics at New College, Hackney, established by rational dissenters in London. Rees was also a Presbyterian minister and preached regularly from 1768. He published four volumes of his sermons between 1812 and 1821. Rees's interest in mathematics and science led him to re-edit Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia, originally published in 1728, for publisher, Longmans. The thirty-nine volumes were published between 1802 and 1820, and on their completion Longmans paid Rees 300 guineas.

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Abraham Rees, by John Yeatherd, published by  Edward Evans, after  John Opie - NPG D39666

Abraham Rees

by John Yeatherd, published by Edward Evans, after John Opie
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D39666

'The repeal of the test act a vision', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12254

'The repeal of the test act a vision'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 16 February 1790
NPG D12254

Abraham Rees, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D12092

Abraham Rees

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1 February 1794)
NPG D12092

Abraham Rees, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D12211

Abraham Rees

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1 February 1794)
NPG D12211

Abraham Rees, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D13851

Abraham Rees

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1 February 1794)
NPG D13851

Abraham Rees, published by Edward Evans, after  John Opie - NPG D4002

Abraham Rees

published by Edward Evans, after John Opie
mezzotint, (1796)
NPG D4002

Abraham Rees, by William Holl Sr, published by  Longman & Co, after  John Opie - NPG D39667

Abraham Rees

by William Holl Sr, published by Longman & Co, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1811 (1796)
NPG D39667

Abraham Rees, by William Holl Sr, published by  Longman & Co, after  John Opie - NPG D19503

Abraham Rees

by William Holl Sr, published by Longman & Co, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1811
NPG D19503

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