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Samuel Clarke

(1675-1729), Metaphysician

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 24 portraits
Born to lowly parents in Norfolk, Clarke was educated at Cambridge where he soon became known for his encyclopaedic knowledge. One of the first men to fully understand Newton's principals, he helped spread Newton's doctrines at Cambridge. He entered the clergy and his publications soon won him renown not just as a theologian but as a metaphysician; he was also a noted classical scholar. Archbishop Tenison noted that 'persons of such abilities in theology, philosophy, and mathematics, are not to be commonly found'.

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Samuel Clarke, by Sir George Scharf, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48212

Samuel Clarke

by Sir George Scharf, after Unknown artist
pencil, circa 1857-1895
NPG D48212

Samuel Clarke, probably by Sir George Scharf, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48213

Samuel Clarke

probably by Sir George Scharf, after Unknown artist
pencil, late 19th century
NPG D48213

Samuel Clarke, probably by James Donald Milner, after  George Vertue - NPG D48214

Samuel Clarke

probably by James Donald Milner, after George Vertue
pencil, early 20th century (1732)
NPG D48214

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Samuel Clarke

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D19533



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