Sarah Hoadly

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Portrait of Benjamin Hoadly by Sarah Hoadly, National Portrait Gallery, London, circa 1726-1743

Sarah Curtis (1676-1743), wife of Benjamin Hoadly, was a portrait painter.


Sarah was born in 1676 and before her marriage she gained a reputation as a portrait painter. She was a pupil of Mary Beale, and among her sitters were Whiston, Burnet, and her husband. Her portrait of Burnet was engraved by Faithorne. The picture of her husband, which was, ‘as is believed, touched up by Hogarth’, is in the National Portrait Gallery.[1]

Sarah married one of her sitters, Benjamin Hoadly, her second husband, at St. James's, Picadilly, on 30 May 1701.[2] By her the bishop had five children, all sons, two still-born, and Samuel, Benjamin, and John, afterwards the editor of his works. She died in 1743.[2] The bishop's second marriage (23 July 1745) was with Mary, daughter and coheiress of Dr. John Newey, dean of Chichester.


Hoadly has several paintings in National collections in the United Kingdom, besides the one in the National Portrait Gallery.[3]


  1. ^ Early Georgian portraits, Vol. 1, Kerslake, NPG, (1977).
  2. ^ a b Enlightenment prelate: Benjamin Hoadly, 1676-1761, William Gibson, pp. 53, 251, James Clark, 2004.
  3. ^ Painting(s) by or after Sarah Hoadly at the Art UK site

 "Hoadly, Sarah". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  "Hoadly, Benjamin (1676-1761)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.