© National Portrait Gallery, London
Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield
after George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/4 in. x 10 in. (348 mm x 254 mm) overall
Given by Serjeants' Inn, 1877
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG 799: Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (based on same portrait)
- NPG D38068: Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (based on same portrait)
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