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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Nathaniel Hooke (died 1763), Historian and writer

No other portrait from life is now known although, in a letter dated 15 May 1740, Pope wrote to Ralph Allen that 'Vandyst has made an Excellent Picture of Mr Hook, which I hope will fall to your Lott. I will sit to him too, when we meet at your house'. [1] General Wade who offered to help Hooke's son Thomas enter the army was also painted by Johann Van Diest (see George Wade, NPG 1594). [2]

1) The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, ed. George Sherburn, 1956, IV, p 239.
2) Ibid, pp 353, 357-58.


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.