© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances, Countess of Somerset
by George Cruikshank, published by George Smeeton Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published 27 September 1817
6 1/4 in. x 3 5/8 in. (160 mm x 91 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- George Cruikshank (1792-1878), Caricaturist and illustrator. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 32 portraits.
- George Smeeton (active 1800-1828), Printer and publisher. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
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