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Stephen Hales

Stephen Hales, by Thomas Hudson, circa 1759 -NPG 1861 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Stephen Hales

studio of Thomas Hudson
circa 1759
30 1/8 in. x 25 in. (765 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 1861

This portraitback to top

Coarsely painted, the handling does not appear to be autograph; NPG 1861 is conceivably an early or contemporary copy. No other version is known.

Physical descriptionback to top

Dark grey eyes, light eyebrows, thin pale mouth, curled grey-white wig to shoulders; black gown, plain white clerical bands; plain, dark grey-brown background; lit from the left; in a dark painted oval.

Conservationback to top

Unlined; small losses at corners and along upper and lower edges.

Provenanceback to top

Bought 1920, from George H. Gabb and by him, according to a letter, 17 May 1927, 'many years ago' in a sale of miscellaneous pictures, as an unknown portrait by an unknown artist.

Reproductionsback to top

Engraved by McArdell, aged 82, as after Hudson, whereabouts of the original not indicated; the same type, wrongly ascribed to Cotes, mezzotinted by Hopwood, 1810, for one of Dr Thornton's Elementary Botanical Plates.


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.

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