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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Poet

Poet; educated at Durham School; fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1745; published the Hilliard, 1753, satirising the quack doctor 'Sir' John Hill; his best known work Song to David, first published 1763; a benefit performance given for him by Garrick, 1759; metrical versions of Phaedrus and the Psalms, 1765; twice committed to a madhouse; lived his last years and died in debt within the rules of King's Bench; his collected poems, excepting Song to David, published posthumously 1791.


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.