© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
published by Silvester Harding, and published by Peter Brown Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1798
7 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (187 mm x 140 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Peter Brown (active 1790-1809), Printseller and picture dealer. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Silvester Harding (1745-1809), Artist; publisher. Artist associated with 217 portraits.
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