© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Fortescue
by Gerard Vandergucht Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, probably 18th century
9 1/4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (236 mm x 193 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir John Fortescue (circa 1397-1479), Justice and political theorist. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Gerard Vandergucht (1696 or 1697-1776), Engraver and art dealer. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Art and science
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