© National Portrait Gallery, London
Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone
by George J. Stodart, after Henry Tanworth Wells Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, 1888 or after
11 7/8 in. x 9 in. (303 mm x 228 mm) plate size; 22 5/8 in. x 17 3/8 in. (574 mm x 442 mm) paper size
Given by Grillion's Club, 1903
- George J. Stodart (active 1884-1892), Engraver. Artist associated with 29 portraits.
- Henry Tanworth Wells (1828-1903), Miniature and portrait painter. Artist associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
- NPG D9590: Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone (from same plate)
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