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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Steevens (1736-1800), Commentator on Shakespeare

Literary critic, miscellaneous writer and bibliophile; FRS and FSA 1767; edited the works of Shakespeare 1773 (4th edition 1793); collected Hogarth prints, collaborating with Nichols in Biographical Anecdotes of Mr Hogarth, 1781; capricious and mischievous, in 1789 he faked a monument to the anglo-saxon King ‘Hardyknute’ which was duly engraved; he was, said Dr Parr, ‘one of the wisest, most learned, but most spiteful of men’.

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.