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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary

Engraver and antiquary; worked for Michael Van der Gucht; set up for himself, 1709; a prolific engraver of portraits; travelled about England, engraving objects of antiquarian interest; official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries, 1717-56; designed the Oxford almanacs, 1723-51; his notebooks are a prime source for the history of art in England.
Vertue says of himself that he was 'rather of a Middle size than Short, of shape regular'. [1]

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1) G. Vertue, Vertue Note Books (edited by The Earl of Ilchester), Walpole Society, I, p 6.

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Foote 1950
H. W. Foote, John Smibert Painter, 1950.

Goulding 1916
R. W. Goulding, The Welbeck Abbey Miniatures, 1916.

Scharf 1865
Sir George Scharf, Catalogue of the Pictures Belonging to the Society of Antiquaries, 1865.


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.