© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Richard Steele
by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1748
14 in. x 8 5/8 in. (355 mm x 220 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 435 portraits.
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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