© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon when Marquis of Huntley
by Henry Meyer, published by Robert Cribb & Son, after John Jackson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 12 March 1812
14 1/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (360 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 23 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (598 mm x 445 mm) paper size
- Robert Cribb & Son (active 1804-1829), Publishers. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
- John Jackson (1778-1831), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 231 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Henry Meyer (1782?-1847), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist associated with 279 portraits.
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