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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Seward (1747-1799), Writer

Writer and hypochondriac, of independent means; said to have travelled in Italy; the friend of Samuel Johnson who thought him abrupt, but with an excellent understanding; ‘he dwelt much in locomotion, and often passed from place to place in search of happiness’ (Gentleman's Magazine, LXIX, 1799, I, p 439); FRS 1779, FSA 1779; his Anecdotes of Some Distinguished Persons 1795-97 and Biographiana 1799 were much admired.


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.