© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George Vertue, after Johann Kerseboom Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1739
15 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (391 mm x 250 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1953
- Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Chemist and natural philosopher. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
- Johann Kerseboom (died 1708), Artist. Artist associated with 32 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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