The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Ward (1679?-1758), Biographer and antiquary

Biographer; clerk in the navy office; schoolmaster in Moorfields, 1710; professor of rhetoric, Gresham College, London, 1720-58; FRS, 1723; FSA, 1736; published treatises on rhetoric, dissertations on classical topics, and The Lives of the Professors of Gresham College, 1740; hon. LLD Edinburgh, 1751; left his manuscript antiquarian collections to the British Museum, of which he was a trustee.

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.