Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts
Isaac Watts

1800-1850 / Engraving / God & Faith / Paper / Print
Engraving on paper
W. Hawkins sculpt.; published by Maxwell & Wilson, Skinner Street, 1809

Engraving of Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748), who was a dissenting minister, theologian, hymn writer and logician. Sometimes Watts is referred to as the "Godfather of English Hymnody", and many of his hymns are still sung today.

In 1690, Isaac Watts went to the Dissenting Academy at Stoke Newington, then a village outside of London. There, he spent much of his remaining life as a pastor of a congregational chapel. Watts was unusually non-denominational (or ecumenical) in his views for the time, and he was especially interested in promoting scholarship.

Watts was buried opposite Wesley's Chapel, in Bunhill Fields graveyard, in 1748.