The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

(John) Joshua Kirby (1716-1774), Artist and teacher of linear perspective; friend of Thomas Gainsborough

Artist; writer and lecturer on perspective, drawing master to George III; published an Historical Account of Suffolk, with his own topographical etchings, 1748, Dr. Brook Taylor's Method of Perspective made Easy ..., 1754 and The Perspective of Architecture ...,1761; clerk of the works at Kew Palace; friend of Gainsborough beside whom he is buried at Kew; Sarah, daughter of his marriage to Sarah Bull of Framlingham, Suffolk, and wife of James Trimmer of Brentford, was the popular writer of books for the young.

Referencesback to top

Davies 1959
M. Davies, National Gallery Catalogues, British School, 2nd edition, 1959.

Edwards 1808
E. Edwards, Anecdotes of Painters, 1808.

Hayes 1970
J. Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, 1970.

Whitley 1915
W. T. Whitley, Thomas Gainsborough, 1915.


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.