NPG Number
653
Mkey
534
Sitter/Title
George Berkeley
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
JohnSmibert
Date made
1730
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
george berkeley

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653

George Berkeley

by

John Smibert

1730

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Irish philosopher George Berkeley was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and taught there from 1707. He was appointed Dean of Derry in 1724 and made Bishop of Cloyne in 1734. Berkeley took a missionary party to America in 1728 but failed to secure promised government funds to found a missionary college in the Bermudas and so returned home four years later. John Smibert, who made this portrait, accompanied Berkeley to America and settled there. The background is thought to show the Hanging Rock, Rhode Island, where Berkeley wrote his Alciphron (1732).