© National Portrait Gallery, London
Mural monument to Richard Cosway
by Charles Picart, after Richard Westmacott Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, 1821 or after
14 1/4 in. x 11 3/8 in. (362 mm x 289 mm) plate size; 21 1/2 in. x 15 1/8 in. (546 mm x 385 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 96 portraits.
- Charles Picart (circa 1780-circa 1837), Engraver, draughtsman and painter. Artist associated with 118 portraits.
- Richard Westmacott (1799-1872), Sculptor; son of Sir Richard Westmacott. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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