© National Portrait Gallery, London
copy by Auguste Millière, after an engraving by William Sharp, after George Romney Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1876 (1792)
16 in. x 12 in. (406 mm x 305 mm)
Given by Henry Willett, 1892
- Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Author of 'The Rights of Man'. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Auguste Millière (active 1876-1896). Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 159 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- William Sharp (1749-1824), Engraver. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Art and science
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