Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge) (1731-1791), Historian and political polemicist
‘above the middling size, inclining to tall; her shape slender and elegant; the contour of her face, neck, and shoulders, graceful. The form of her face was oval, her complexion delicate, and her skin fine; her hair of a mild brown, long and profuse; her nose between the Roman and the Grecian; her mouth small, her chin round ... her eyes beautiful as imagination can conceive, full of penetration and fire, but their fire softened by the mildest beams of benevolence; their colour was a fine dark hazel, and their expression the indication of a superior soul’ (Town and Country Mag., 1769).
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.