Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Brook Taylor (1685-1731), Mathematician
The only single type, other than NPG 1920, is the portrait by an unknown artist, which belonged to the sitter's daughter and was engraved by Earlom as the frontispiece to Taylor's Contemplatio Philosophica, 1793. It was probably painted c.1715, judging from the costume, and was presented in 1807 to the Royal Society by his grandson, Sir William Young, 2nd Bart.
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.