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Image number: RS.9663
Credit: ©The Royal Society
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Portrait of George Parker




George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (1697-1764, British), Aristocrat


Thomas Hudson (1701-1779, British), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 1270mm
width (painting): 1010mm

Content object


Three-quarter length portrait of Macclesfield, dressed in a grey, heavily brocaded coat over which he wears red and ermine robes, showing a lace collar and cuffs. Macclesfield is seated on a gilded chair with green upholstery surmounted by a coronet. To the viewer’s right is a table upon which rests a silver inkwell in the shape of a shell. This contains red sealing wax, with a quill pen in one of two glass bottles and a loose letter behind, the address leaf partially visible. Macclesfield holds a roll of paper in his right hand.

George Parker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1722, he served as its President from 1752 to 1764.

Object history

Presented by George Parker, Earl of Macclesfield, 1754.

In Council Minutes: “The President informed the Council, that as most of his Predecessors had given their Pictures to the Society, he had desired his own to be sent to their House as soon as finished, For which the Council returned his Lordship their Thanks“ [1Royal Society Council Minutes, Original, CMO/4, meeting of 17 October 1754, p.145].

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