© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Pollexfen Bastard; Edmund Bastard
by Samuel William Reynolds, after James Northcote Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1795
13 1/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (334 mm x 403 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Edmund Bastard (1758-1816), Politician; MP for Dartmouth. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Pollexfen Bastard (1756-1816), Conservative politician, landowner and colonel of the East Devonshire Militia. Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835), Mezzotint engraver and painter. Artist associated with 628 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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