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King William IV
by and published by Charles Knight, after John Hoppner Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, 1790s
22 5/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (575 mm x 383 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37. Sitter associated with 144 portraits.
- John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 214 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Charles Knight (1742 or 1743-in or after 1826), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
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