© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Faithorne Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1698
6 in. x 5 1/4 in. (152 mm x 132 mm) plate size; 3 5/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (92 mm x 132 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (259 mm x 145 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- John Milton (1608-1674), Poet. Sitter associated with 72 portraits.
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 716 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
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Art and science
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