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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Robert Wood (1716 or 1717-1771), Traveller and classical scholar

Classical archaeologist and politician; educated Glasgow University, 1732; travelled in Italy and the near East and in 1750 led an expedition to Syria with John Bouverie and James Dawkins; published Ruins of Palmyra, 1753, and Ruins of Balbec, 1757; guide to Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater on grand tour; returned to England, 1755; MP for Brackley, 1761-69, 1771; as an under-secretary of state, 1756-63, was prosecuted for illegal entry in seizing the papers of Wilkes on his arrest under a general warrant; Wood married Ann Spottowe or Skettowe; his only surviving son, also Robert, born c.1762, died after 1803. [1]

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1) Sir Lewis Namier and J. Brooke, The House of Commons 1754-90 (History of Parliament), 1964, III, p 657.

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Fleming 1956
J. Fleming, 'Allan Ramsay and Robert Adam in Italy', Connoisseur, CXXXVII, 1956, pp 78-84.

Fleming 1962
J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle, 1962.

Namier and Brooke 1964
Sir Lewis Namier and J. Brooke, The House of Commons 1754-90 (History of Parliament), 1964.


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.