© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1798 (1786)
7 3/4 in. x 6 in. (198 mm x 153 mm)
acquired Sir George Scharf, 1890
- John Hunter (1728-1793), Surgeon and anatomist. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Henry Bone (1755-1834), Enamel painter. Artist associated with 677 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG 77: John Hunter (based on same portrait)
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