Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Richard Mead (1673-1754), Physician
The finest portraits were taken in Mead's later years. An undated three-quarter length presented to the College of Physicians by Dr Charles Chauncey in 1759 is possibly by Hoare, c.1740. The drawing by Joseph Vanhaecken, Scottish National Gallery (2164), is related to the Ramsay whole length of 1747 in the Foundling Hospital. A bust by Roubiliac was commissioned after the sitter's death by Dr Askew and the marble given by him to the College of Physicians in 1756; its presentation of Mead's 'real features' was much commended.  A terracotta model for it purchased at Roubiliac's sale  was presented, 1762, to the British Museum by Dr Maty who wrote a biography of the sitter. Scheemaker's monument in Westminster Abbey is dated 1754.
1) G. Wolstenholme and D. Piper, The Royal College of Physicians of London Portraits, 1964, pp 282-91.
2) The then owner of Queen Caroline by Amigoni, painted for her physician Mead (now NPG 4332, see Queen Caroline).
3) G. Wolstenholme and D. Piper, The Royal College of Physicians of London Portraits, 1964, p 290.
4) K. A. Esdaile, The Life and Works of Louis François Roubiliac, 1928, p 103.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.