© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Simon, after William Faithorne Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
11 5/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (296 mm x 238 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- John Milton (1608-1674), Poet. Sitter associated with 72 portraits.
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 716 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
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Art and science
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