© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Francis Bindon Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1735
49 1/2 in. x 38 3/4 in. (1257 mm x 983 mm) overall
- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Satirist and divine. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- Francis Bindon (circa 1690-1765), Portrait painter and architect. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
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