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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Colley Cibber (1671-1757), Dramatist and actor

Actor, poet, dramatist; entered the Theatre Royal 1690; author of Love's Last Shift, produced 1696, and numerous other plays; a stout supporter of the Hanoverians, he was named poet laureate, 1730; his autobiography, An Apology for the Life of Mr Colley Cibber, published 1740.

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Walpole 1784
Horace Walpole, Description of Strawberry Hill, 1784.

Webb 1958
M. I. Webb, ‘Henry Cheere, Sculptor and Businessman and John Cheere', Burlington Magazine, C, 1958.

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.