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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), Philanthropist

The only certain portraits are all late in life. These include a marble bust by Joseph Dickson completed 1774-75 after a wax by Patience Wright, [1] Marine Society collection, and the whole length by Edward Edwards painted for the Society in 1779, engraved by R. Dunkarton, 1780. [2] Hanway and others apparently, at first, considered the painting a poor likeness. The Northcote portrait, of which NPG 4301 is a smaller version, is of 1785. The engraving by T. Holloway, similar to a medallion by Josiah Wedgwood, appeared in the European Magazine, 1786. An undated portrait by T. Orde was engraved by J. Bretherton. A monument is in Westminster Abbey.
Two further portraits are said to represent the sitter. The first, posthumously inscribed as Hanway, is a three-quarter length by an unknown artist showing a vigorous man holding a letter inscribed For the Honble Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in London. It was acquired by the National Maritime Museum in 1937 from David Minlore. The other is a small whole length by a follower of Devis which belonged, 1956, to Mrs E. A. E. Donald. The sitter is shown with a map and book illustrations similar to those in Hanway's An Historical Account ...; [3] the portrait may well prove rightly named.

1) H. T. A. Bosanquet, The Marine Society, A Catalogue of the Pictures ..., c.1905, p 13.
2) Ibid (14).
3) J. Hanway, An Historical Account of the British Trade over the Caspian Sea, 1753, I, p 71; II, p [i].


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.