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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Benjamin Hoadly (1676-1761), Bishop of Winchester and controversialist; leader of Feathers tavern petitioners

Early portraits painted perhaps by his wife when he was rector of St Peter-le-Poor, Broad Street, to which he was appointed in 1704, were at Lambeth Palace [1] and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. [2] An engraving, in black gown, somewhat similar was produced by J. Simon and another, in black gown (first state) by Vertue (F. O'Donoghue and Sir Henry M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits ... in the British Museum, 1908-25, 7). The portrait by Hogarth of 1741 in the robes of the prelate of the order, is in the Tate Gallery (2736) [3] and another attributed to him, with Windsor Castle in the background, is now in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, California. [4] It is probably a copy. A portrait in the same robes ascribed to Hudson was with David Minlore, 1938. A profile by Gossett of 1756, when the sitter was eighty, presumably one of 'a pair of medallions, in wax' at the Strawberry Hill sale, 19 May 1842, 22nd day, lot 96, was engraved by J. Basire, 1772. [5] An engraving of a youthful cleric by Van der Gucht is lettered The Right Revnd Father in God Benjamin Ld. Bishop of Bangor. Hoadly, who was crippled and always walked with sticks, appears in the engraving 'The Festival of the Golden Rump' reproduced in The Garden and the City [6] and again in a crude woodcut, three-quarter length, in the biography Life, Birth and Education of ... Hoadly, published anonymously, 1710.
The portrait at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, catalogued by Hutton as Hoadly by Jones [7], has been shown by Mr Selby Whittingham to represent Thomas Sherlock, a former master. [8] Another version of the type which is by Vanloo is in the Cathedral School, Salisbury. It depicts Sherlock as chancellor of the Garter, which doubtless accounts for the confusion.

1) Sir George Scharf's Sketchbooks, 69, p 72; 70, pp 65, 69.
2) Exhibited Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (244), Hutton, pl.x.
3) R. B. Beckett, Hogarth, 1949, p 52 (134); Exhibited 'Hogarth', Tate Gallery, 1971 (118). Cleaning revealed signature and date.
4) R. B. Beckett, Hogarth, 1949, p 53.
5) The Works of Benjamin Hoadly, ed. J. Hoadly, 1773, frontispiece.
6) By Maynard Mack, 1969, p 143, pl.37.
7) J. H. Hutton, Pictures in the Possession of St. Catharine's College, 1950, p 8 and note 1.
8) Kindly communicated by Dr J. H. Baker, December 1973.


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.