© National Portrait Gallery, London
Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely, published by John & Paul Knapton Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1739
14 3/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (376 mm x 239 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 433 portraits.
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
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