1 of 6 portraits of Stephen Hales
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
studio of Thomas Hudson
30 1/8 in. x 25 in. (765 mm x 635 mm)
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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