© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Skelton Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, probably early 19th century
5 5/8 in. x 4 in. (142 mm x 101 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
- William Skelton (1763-1848), Engraver. Artist associated with 59 portraits.
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