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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Bradley (1693-1762), Astronomer Royal

Astronomer; FRS, 1718; vicar of Bridstow, 1719; Savilian professor of astronomy at Oxford, 1721; succeeded Halley as astronomer royal, 1742; Copley medallist, 1748; greatly influenced England's adoption of the reformed Gregorian calendar, 1752.

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Rigaud 1832
S. P. Rigaud, Miscellaneous Works and Correspondence of the Rev. James Bradley, 1832.

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.