© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough when Marquis of Blandford
by William Whiston Barney, after Richard Cosway Click on the links below to find out more
14 1/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (361 mm x 263 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (410 mm x 287 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
- William Whiston Barney (active 1805-1808), Mezzotinter and publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
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