© National Portrait Gallery, London
after George Jamesone, published by Edward Harding Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1798
7 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (198 mm x 142 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Edward Harding (1755-1840), Engraver, publisher and librarian to Queen Charlotte. Artist associated with 184 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- George Jamesone (1589 or 1590-1644), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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