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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol (1730-1803), Bishop of Derry

Prelate and traveller; 3rd son of John, Lord Hervey, succeeded his brother Augustus 1779 as 4th Earl of Bristol; Bishop of Cloyne 1767-68 and of Derry 1768-1803; FRS 1782; travelled in Europe, principally in Italy, 1765-66, 1770-72, 1777-79, 1785-87, 1788-90 and 1792-1803; d. Rome.

‘Middle or rather low of stature, of slight frame and countenance, lively in carriage and manners, quick in his speech, blunt, sometimes even rude; ... his manners seem careless, but agreeable, courtly and affable’ (Goethe, 1797).

‘one of the greatest curiosities alive ... his figure is little, and his face very sharp and wicked ... the last time I saw him he was sitting in his carriage between two Italian women, dress’d in white Bed-gown and Night Cap like a witch, and giving himself the airs of an Adonis’ (Catherine Wilmot, 1803).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.