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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Somerville (1675-1742), Poet

Poet; of an old Gloucestershire family, educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, of which he became a fellow; admitted as a student at the Middle Temple, 1696; settled, 1705, after his father's death, in Edstone where he led the life of a country gentleman devoting his leisure to field sports and literature; The Two Springs, a fable, published 1725; The Chace (Chase), his celebrated work, appeared 1735, Hobbinol, a mock heroic account of rural games in Gloucestershire, in 1740, and Field Sports, on hawking, 1742.


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.