John Ward

John Ward, by Joseph Samuel Webster, circa 1755-1758 - NPG 590 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Ward

by Joseph Samuel Webster
oil on canvas, circa 1755-1758
23 1/2 in. x 18 3/4 in. (597 mm x 476 mm)
Transferred from British Museum (originally given by Thomas Hollis), 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 590

Sitterback to top

  • John Ward (1679?-1758), Biographer and antiquary. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This portrait of John Ward was pre­sented to the British Museum by Thomas Hollis, Ward's friend and pupil, a few months after his death. Hollis mentions Joseph Webster, the little-known artist of this portrait, in his memoirs. The portrait retains its original frame and original tablet identifying the sitter. 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).

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 293
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 642
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 163

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Current affairs

George Grenville resigns as Treasurer of the Navy and Henry Bilson Legge as Chancellor of the Exchequer in protest over payments made to Russia to protect Hanover. William Pitt the Elder is dismissed from the position of Paymaster of the Forces.

Art and science

Samuel Johnson publishes his monumental Dictionary; the first authoritative dictionary of the English language.
Methodist preacher John Wesley publishes Notes on a New Testament.

International

An earthquake nearly completely destroys Lisbon, Portugal. The event is widely discussed by European Enlightenment thinkers, inspiring Voltaire's Candide. Its intensive study leads to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering.
Edward Braddock fights French and Indian troops in the Ohio valley. His army are ambushed at Fort Duquesne and he is killed; one of several encounters prior to the declaration of the Seven Years War.

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