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Isaac Ware

1 of 2 portraits of Isaac Ware

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Isaac Ware

after Louis François Roubiliac
marble bust, after a work of circa 1740
27 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (700 mm x 420 mm) overall
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 4982

Sitterback to top

  • Isaac Ware (1704?-1766), Architect. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762), Sculptor. Artist or producer associated with 13 portraits, Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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The engraver, George Vertue, saw a bust of 'Mr Isaac Ware Architect' in Roubiliac's studio in 1741, one of several which he described as 'very exact Imitations of Nature'. However, it now seems likely that this bust is a copy, probably of the one seen by Vertue, rather than the original. 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

The song Rule, Britannia! by Thomas Arne is performed for the first time at Cliveden, the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales.
A now discredited account by antiquarian William Stukely asserts that Stonehenge was built by druids.

Art and science

Samuel Richardson publishes the first two volumes of Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, the best-selling novel of the period.
Artists Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough both arrive in London. Reynolds is apprenticed to the leading portrait-painter Thomas Hudson, while Gainsborough begins his artistic training with the French engraver and illustrator Hubert-Francois Gravelot.


Death of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and the succession of his eldest daughter Maria Térèsa heralds the start of the War of the Austrian Succession. Britain, already fighting Spain (in the War of Jenkin's Ear), is drawn into the wider conflict as an ally of Austria until 1748.
Frederick II becomes King of Prussia.
Pope Benedict XIV succeeds Pope Clement XII as the 247th pope.

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