© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Cowper (Cooper)
by John Smith, after John Closterman Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint and etching, 1698
15 3/4 in. x 11 in. (400 mm x 280 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- John Closterman (1660-1711). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D11579: William Cowper (Cooper) (from same plate)
- NPG D19513: William Cowper (Cooper) (from same plate)
- NPG D34197: William Cowper (Cooper) (from same plate)
- NPG D31561: William Cowper (Cooper) (from same plate)
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