© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Henry Halford, 1st Bt
by Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
oil on panel, 1809
41 3/4 in. x 35 1/4 in. (1060 mm x 895 mm)
Given by the sitter's nephew, Edward Thomas Vaughan, 1896
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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