Critic and theological writer, literary executor and editor of Pope
; he was articled to an attorney, but took orders 1723; published pamphlets on chancery procedure and on prodigies, 1727; held the living of Brant Braughton, 1728-57; the 'Divine Legation of Moses', 1737-41, plunged him into controversy lasting until 1765; campaigned against Bolingbroke, 1742-55; published an edition of Shakespeare
in 1747 and Pope in 1751; dean of Bristol, 1757, and bishop of Gloucester from 1759; in 1762, rejected the views of Wesley
in the 'Doctrine of Grace'; preached against the slave trade 1766; he married, 1745, Gertrude Tucker, favourite niece of Ralph Allen
.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.