© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edmund Kean as Richard III
by John Rogers, published by George Virtue, after T.O. Steeden Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 January 1825
5 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (137 mm x 83 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- John Rogers (circa 1808-circa 1888), Engraver. Artist associated with 26 portraits.
- T.O. Steeden. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- George Virtue (1794-1868), Publisher. Artist associated with 28 portraits.
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