© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after George Romney Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1771
17 7/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (453 mm x 328 mm) plate size; 19 5/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (499 mm x 375 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 127 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Valentine Green (1739-1813), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 160 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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