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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741), Patron of letters and collector

Collector; entered Christ Church, Oxford, 1707; succeeded to the title, 1724; patron of Pope, Swift, Prior and Vertue; his great library, started by his father and described by Johnson as excelling any offered for sale, was dispersed in 1742, but the celebrated (Harleian) manuscripts were bought for the British Museum, 1753, from the dowager countess.

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Fairfax Murray
C. Fairfax Murray, Catalogue of the Pictures ... at Welbeck Abbey, 1894.

Goulding 1916
R. W. Goulding, The Welbeck Abbey Miniatures, 1916.

Goulding and Adams 1936
R. W. Goulding and C. K. Adams, Catalogue of the Pictures Belonging to His Grace the Duke of Portland ..., 1936.

Kerslake 1957
J. F. Kerslake, 'The Richardsons and the Cult of Milton', Burlington Magazine, XCIX, 1957.

Pennant 1776
T. Pennant, A Tour of Scotland, 1776.


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.