© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Humphrys, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 19th century
11 in. x 8 3/8 in. (278 mm x 214 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- William Humphrys (1794-1865), Engraver. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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