© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Vanbrugh
after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 18th century
5 5/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (142 mm x 86 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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