© National Portrait Gallery, London
James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran
by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1707
12 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (318 mm x 183 mm) plate size; 13 3/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (339 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- NPG D19436: James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran (from same plate)
- NPG D25176: James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran (from same plate)
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