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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Conyers Middleton (1683-1750), Theologian

Theologian; fellow, 1706, and MA, 1707, of Trinity College, Cambridge, DD, 1717, 'protobibliothecarius', an office created for him, 1721; in Italy, 1724-25; published Letter from Rome, 1729, and Life of Cicero, 1741, mainly plagiarised from William Bellenden (d. 1633?); a controversial figure, he was sued for libel by Bentley, master of his college, and threatened with loss of his degrees for his views on the historical accuracy of the Bible; his treatise on Miracles, published 1748, and The Miscellaneous Works, posthumously, 1752.

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Goodison 1955
J. W. Goodison, Cambridge Portraits, 1955.


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.