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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Young (1683-1765), Poet

The only known authentic likeness of Young is Highmore's portrait at All Souls, Oxford, painted at the end of 1754 for Samuel Richardson, by whose widow it was presented to the college. Richardson wrote to Highmore, 'I have obtained of Dr. Young what none of his Friends have hitherto been able to obtain - that he will sit to the pensil'. [1] The portrait was engraved by W. C. Edwards, T. Cook and others. Some of the engravings are so remote from the original that they were not recognised as derivatives by the painter's grandson. [2]

1) See T. C. Duncan Eaves, 'Joseph Highmore's Portrait of the Reverend Edward Young', Studies in Philology, XLIII, no.4, 1946, pp 668-74. For Highmore's portraits of Richardson, see this sitter.
2) Ibid, p 672.


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.