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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Clarke (1675-1729), Metaphysician

Theologian and philosopher; Caius College, Cambridge; BA 1695; DD 1710; in the Boyle lectures 1704-05 he elaborated his belief in the compatibility of rationalism and religion; translated Newton’s Opticks into Latin 1706; edited Caesar 1712 and Homer 1729; the ‘bosom friend’ of Newton, correspondent of Leibniz and a favourite of Queen Caroline.


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.