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Samuel Gurney ('They'll be done, we are obliged to thee')
by Richard Dighton, published by Thomas McLean Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
9 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (250 mm x 182 mm) plate size; 13 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 in. (344 mm x 244 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Samuel Gurney (1786-1856), Philanthropist; known as 'The Banker's Banker'. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 308 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- Thomas McLean (1788-1875), Publisher and dealer. Artist associated with 952 portraits.
- NPG D13329: Samuel Gurney ('They'll be done, we are obliged to thee') (from same plate)
- NPG D32607: Samuel Gurney ('They'll be done, we are obliged to thee') (from same plate)
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