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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Stephen Hales (1677-1761), Natural philosopher, chemist and inventor

Portraits in Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue | Other NPG portraits

Stephen Hales

studio of Thomas Hudson
circa 1759
NPG 1861

All known portraits

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Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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