Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), Theologian and scientist
‘Dr Priestley was about the middle stature, or five feet eight inches high. He was slender, and well proportioned; his complexion was fair, his eyes grey and sparking with intelligence, and his whole countenance was expressive of the benignity of his heart. He often smiled but seldom laughed’ (J. Corry, 1804).
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.