Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Thomas Secker (1693-1768), Archbishop of Canterbury
'Willes' is not known and the artist may conceivably be the Rev. James Wills (see Thomas Birch, and William Stukeley, All Known Portraits). The inscription and date of the Christ Church portrait, and the McArdell engravings, seem to point to the existence of originals by both artists, the Hudson possibly deriving from the other.
Another type, a three-quarter length at Lambeth Palace, is attributed to Ramsay. The signature A. Ramsay and an illegible date are visible on a photograph taken by the Courtauld Institute in 1956. No trace of either could be discerned on the portrait itself when last examined in 1968.
1) So read by Scharf, Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketchbooks, vol.76, p 20.
2) G. Goodwin, James McArdell, 1903, pp 18-19 (4).
3) Society of Anglican Clergy in the City, founded 1630, whose collection of portraits mainly of bishops of London is now at St Paul's.
4) R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the Possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, 1912-25, III, pp 68-69 (178).
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.