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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edmond Halley (1656-1742), Astronomer

Astronomer; voyaged to the southern hemisphere and, 1678, aged 22, published Catalogus Stellarum Australium, and in 1705, his celebrated Astronomiae Cometicae Synopsis; a long association with the Royal Society, begun in 1678, resulted in the publication of Newton's Principia and the work of the astronomer Flamsteed; secretary of the Royal Society, 1713; astronomer royal, 1721.

‘... he was of a middle stature, inclining to tallnesss, of a thin habit of body, and a fair complection, and always spoke as well as acted with an uncommon degree of sprightliness and vivacity.' [1]

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1) Biographica Brittania, IV, p 2517.

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Biographia Britannica, 1757.

Burgon 1839
J. W. Burgon, Life and Times of Sir T. Gresham, 1839.

Hatton 1708
[E. Hatton], New View of London, 1708.

MacPike 1903
E. F. MacPike, Notes and Queries, 9th series, XI, Jan-June, 1903.

MacPike 1908-9
E. F. MacPike, 'Some Materials for a Pedigree of Dr. Edmond Halley', The Genealogist, new series, XXV, 1908-09.

MacPike 1928
E. F. MacPike, Notes and Queries, 9th series, CLV, July-Dec 1928.

MacPike 1932
E. F. MacPike, Correspondence and Papers of Edmond Halley, History of Science Publications, NS II, 1932.

Toynbee (ed.) 1903-25
The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. Mrs P. Toynbee, 1903-25.

Vertue n.d.
George Vertue, MS list of his engravings, W. S. Lewis collection, Yale University, USA (photostat, NPG library).

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.