© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, 1731
1 7/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. (48 mm x 41 mm) oval
Given by C.A. Marsden, 1969
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 849 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Gven by Vertue to Johnson as a token of friendship. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 159
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 340
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 55
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