Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), Dissenting minister
A portrait by an unknown hand, considered by the family and by Doddridge himself  to be the best likeness, was completed 10 August 1750. It was engraved by W. H. Worthington for the 1829 edition of the Correspondence when it belonged to the editor John Doddridge Humphreys, the sitter's great-grandson (d. 1847). Since there is some resemblance between the face masks of the two engravings and assuming Vertue's to have been somewhat free, it is just possible that the Soldi may be the prototype for both. To test such a hypothesis however would require the confrontation of two apparently lost pictures. A portrait from the family home at Tewkesbury was sold 25 November 1847 by Southgate and Barrett, London.
There are several doubtful portraits. One of a divine in Commercial Street Church, Northampton, 1932, was presented by the executors of the Rev. Edmund Thornton Prust (d.1888), the first minister of the church. From the wig it may be dated c.1730 but does not seem rightly named. An etching which, on costume and style, also seems of doubtful authenticity, was published by C. Dyer of Compton Street, London, as after Kneller. A portrait at Castle Hill Chapel, Northampton, shows a man too old and too removed in features from authentic portraits, to represent the sitter.
1) Exhibited Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (386); 'Manuscripts and Men', NPG, 1969 (133).
2) Correspondence and Diary ... [of Philip Doddridge], ed. J. D. Humphreys, 1829-31, III, pp 146 ff.
4) G. Vertue, Vertue Note Books (edited by The Earl of Ilchester), Walpole Society, III, p 84.
5) Correspondence and Diary ... [of Philip Doddridge], ed. J. D. Humphreys, 1829-31, I, p xxx, letter 11 August 1750.
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