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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Coke (1747-1814), Methodist

Nonconformist minister; b. Brecon; DCL Oxford 1775, he had turned to methodism by 1777; in America 1784-91, discharging episcopal functions in methodist societies; d. en route to India.

‘like Zaccheus, little of stature, being of about five feet and an inch in height ; ... strong, vigorous and handsome ... His face was remarkably pleasing, and continued so, notwithstanding the increase of years’ (Jonathan Crowther, 1817)

‘He looked a mere boy when he was turned fifty, with such a smooth apple face, and little round mouth’ (William Wilberforce, 1808)

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.