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Dr Benjamin Hoadly MD

early 1740s


William Hogarth


10 Nov 1697 - 25 or 26 October 1764


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Dr Benjamin Hoadley M.D.


early 1740s

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Materials used

oil on canvas


75.9 x 63.5 cm stretcher; 98.5 x 86.2 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1951

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Artist information

William Hogarth

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Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


John Hoadly, England, Probably collected this painting. It is likely that this is the portrait mentioned by John Hoadly in a letter to Hogarth as being sent up to London to be repainted.

Lord Mackintosh of Halifax, England

Henry Pelham-Clinton, 7th Duke of Newcastle, 14th Earl of Lincoln, England

Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle, 15th Earl of Lincoln, 1928-04 Jun 1937, England, by descent, sold Christie London, 4 June 1937, lot no. 38

Agnew's, London, 04 Jun 1937-09 Nov 1945, London/England, Purchased from the Earl of Lincoln's sale Christie's London, 4 June 1937, lot no. 38

Freeman & Son, post 09 Nov 1945, England, Purchased from Agnew's, 9 November 1945

Sotheby's London, 21 Jun 1950, London/England, Purchased by Agnews at Sotheby's London, 21 June 1950. Jointly owned by Agnew's and Arthur Tooth & Sons.

Agnew's, London, 21 Jun 1950-27 Apr 1951, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Agnew's 1951. Jointly owned by Agnew's and Arthur Tooth & Sons.

Referenced in 9 publications


R.B. Beckett, Hogarth, 1949, p 53, pl 130.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, Sydney, 1984, p 22, col illus p 21.

Elizabeth Einberg, The Burlington Magazine, vol 125, no 964, 'The Betts Family: a lost Hogarth that never was, and a candidate for Slaughter', London, Jul 1983, pp 415–16, pl 29.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', Sydney, 1988, pp 36–56: p 38, illus p 38.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 89, illus p 88.

Anne Gérard-Austin, Look, 'From the sidelines – Going for gold', Sydney, Jul 2019-Aug 2019, pp 36–38: p 37, no F, col illus p 38.

Robin Simon, Hogarth, France and British Art: the rise of the arts in 18th-century Britain, 2007, p 179, illus p 180, pl 174.

Peter Tomory and Robert Gaston, European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, pp 28–29, no 60, illus p 29.

The Burlington Magazine, vol 73, no 429, 'An exhibition of British pictures', London, Dec 1938, p 275, illus p 274.