Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Harrison (1693-1776), Horologist

Horologist; in 1735 received a Parliamentary award for a timepiece to ascertain longitude at sea and in 1749 the Copley Gold Medal from the Royal Society; sailed to the West Indies 1761-62 and 1764 demonstrating the efficacy of his chronometer, for which he received £10,000 from the Government in 1765 and a further £8,750 in 1773.

‘he seems to have lacked the ability to win the sympathy of others, or to exercise sufficient patience and amiability to make his own foibles and deficiencies in temperament acceptable’ (Humphrey Quill, 1966).

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.