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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Herring (1693-1757), Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury; BA Jesus College, Cambridge, 1713; fellow of Corpus Christi and ordained, 1716, MA 1717, DD 1728; dean of Rochester, 1732; bishop of Bangor, 1737-43; as archbishop of York, 1743-47, raised a large sum of money for the government during the Jacobite rebellion, earning him the soubriquet ‘red Herring'; archbishop of Canterbury, 1747-57; repaired Lambeth and Croydon Palaces, and left benefactions to the sons of the clergy and Corpus Christi College.

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Ingamells 1972a
J. Ingamells, 'Hogarth's red Herrings', The Connoisseur, CLXXIX, 1972.

Ingamells 1972b
J. Ingamells, Catalogue of Portraits at Bishopthorpe Palace, 1972.

Letters from Thomas Herring ... to William Duncombe ..., 1777.

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.