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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Young (1683-1765), Poet

Poet; born at Upham, near Winchester; attended New College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford; received law fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, 1708; DCL, 1719; friend of Thomas Tickell and George Bubb Dodington (Baron Melcombe), and member of Addison's literary circle; gained patronage of Wharton; wrote Busiris, and the Revenge, produced at Drury Lane, 1719-21; published series of satires, The Universal Passion, 1725; chaplain to George II, 1728; Rector of Welwyn, 1730; married Lady Elizabeth Lee, daughter of the second Earl of Lichfield, 1731; published, 1742, The Complaint; or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality, The Brothers (tragedy), 1753; his collected works published, 1757-78, seven vols.


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.