© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Bowring
by William Ward, after Henry William Pickersgill Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1832
14 7/8 in. x 11 in. (378 mm x 279 mm) plate size; 19 in. x 13 1/4 in. (482 mm x 338 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
- Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong. Sitter in 18 portraits.
- Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- William Ward (1766-1826), Engraver; father of William James Ward. Artist associated with 167 portraits.
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