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Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire, by Robert Dunkarton, and by  Joseph Grozer, published by  William Richardson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, published 20 February 1808 - NPG D32306 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire

by Robert Dunkarton, and by Joseph Grozer, published by William Richardson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 February 1808
19 1/2 in. x 13 7/8 in. (495 mm x 354 mm) plate size; 21 1/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. (539 mm x 395 mm) paper size
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NPG D32306

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  • Robert Dunkarton (circa 1744-1811?), Engraver and portrait painter. Artist associated with 164 portraits.
  • Joseph Grozer (circa 1755-1798), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 27 portraits.
  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
  • William Richardson (active 1777-1814), Bookseller, printseller and auctioneer. Artist associated with 395 portraits.

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