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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Benjamin Stillingfleet (1702-1771), Naturalist and writer

Virtuoso and botanist; from 1724 tutor to his 2nd cousin, William Windham of Felbrigg, with whom he travelled in Europe 1738-40; moved to Robert Price’s estate at Foxley 1746, and turned to the study of botany; one of the first English advocates of the Linnaean system, he published Observations on Grasses appended to his Miscellaneous Tracts (translations from Linnaeus) 1759; a 2nd ed. 1762 included illustrations by Price; he also aspired as a writer and musician; the blue worsted stockings he wore at the salons of learned ladies first evoked the term ‘bluestocking’.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.