© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire
by William Whiston Barney, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1806
19 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (502 mm x 350 mm) plate size; 21 7/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (556 mm x 389 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1951
- William Whiston Barney (active 1805-1808), Mezzotinter and publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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