Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Thomas Secker (1693-1768), Archbishop of Canterbury
‘... tall and comely; in the early part of his life slender, and rather consumptive, but as he advanced in years, his constitution gained strength, and his size increased, yet never to a degree of corpulency that was disproportionate or troublesome ... His countenance was open, ingenuous, and expressive of everything right ... It could speak dejection, and on occasion anger, very strongly. But when it meant to show pleasure or approbation, it softened into the most gracious smile, and diffused over all his features the most benevolent and reviving complacency that can be imagined.' 
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Referencesback to topThe Works of Thomas Secker, LL.D. Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. To which is prefixed a Review of His Grace's Life and Character by Beilby Porteus, D.D., 1811.
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.