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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Paul Whitehead (1710-1774), Satirist

Satirist; studied law in the Temple; confined several years in Fleet prison, London, whence he issued political squibs, including State Dunces, 1733; published Manners, 1739, and Honour, 1747; paid hanger-on of the 'Prince's friends'; secretary and steward of the 'monks of Medmenham Abbey'; held a subordinate post in the treasury; spent last years at Twickenham; was severely criticised by Churchill in his satires (1763-64); collected works published, 1777.

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.