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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymn writer

Hymn-writer; son of a nonconformist schoolmaster; educated at Stoke Newington nonconformist academy, 1690-94; nonconformist minister in London, 1702-48; composed six hundred hymns including Jesus shall reign where'er the sun and Our God, our help in ages past; published Horae Lyricae, religious poems, 1706; Hymns, 1707; Divine Songs, hymns for children, 1715, and a selection of metrical Psalms of David, 1719; published doctrinal treatises, of Arian tendency, 1722-46, broaching a theory held also by Henry More; hon. DD Edinburgh, 1728; compiled educational manuals, including Logic, 1725, and Scripture History, 1732; his Collected Works, published, 1810.

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Bromley 1793
H. Bromley, A Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits from Egbert the Great to the Present Time, 1793.

Clark 1943
Kenneth Clark (Baron Clark), ‘Baroque and the National Shrine', Architectural Review, XCIV, 1943.

Vertue (n.d.)
G. Vertue, Manuscript list of his engravings, in the collection of W. S. Lewis, Farmington, Connecticut.

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.