Benjamin Hoadly

Benjamin Hoadly, by Sarah Hoadly, circa 1726-1743 - NPG 31 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benjamin Hoadly

by Sarah Hoadly
oil on canvas, circa 1726-1743
49 in. x 39 in. (1245 mm x 991 mm)
Purchased, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 31

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  • Benjamin Hoadly (1676-1761), Bishop of Winchester and controversialist; leader of Feathers tavern petitioners. Sitter in 12 portraits.

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  • Sarah Hoadly (1676-1743). Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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The son of Samuel Hoadly, headmaster of Norwich school, Benjamin Hoadly became chaplain to George I in 1715. A controversial and prolific preacher and writer on both politics and religion, he was nonetheless appointed successively as Bishop of Bangor, Hereford, Salisbury and Winchester. This portrait by his wife Sarah Curtis, a pupil of Mary Beale, shows him with his right hand resting on a crutched stick. An illness in his youth having left him crippled, Hoadly walked with the aid of a stick and preached on his knees. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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Current affairs

Mary Toft allegedly gives birth to sixteen rabbits in Godalming Surrey and becomes the subject of considerable controversy, involving the King's own physician Nathaniel St Andre. The story is later revealed to be a hoax.
The Craftsman, a polemical political periodical, is launched by opposition leaders Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke and William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath.

Art and science

St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London is completed to the design of the architect James Gibbs.
Jonathan Swift publishes his bitterly satirical Gulliver's Travels.
Poet Alexander Pope produces an English language translation of Homer's Odyssey.
Poet Allan Ramsay opens the first circulating library in Edinburgh.

International

French writer Voltaire begins an exile in England which lasts three years.
City of Montevideo is founded by the Spanish in Uruguay.

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