© National Portrait Gallery, London
Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 5/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (346 mm x 249 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D9251: Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (from same plate)
- NPG D11938: Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (from same plate)
- NPG D11639: Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (from same plate)
- NPG D7951: Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (from same plate)
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