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Edward Venables Vernon Harcourt
by Henry Meyer, published by Josiah Boydell, after John Jackson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 6 July 1815 (1813)
20 in. x 13 7/8 in. (507 mm x 353 mm) plate size; 24 7/8 in. x 18 in. (631 mm x 458 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1962
- Josiah Boydell (1752-1817), Artist and publisher. Artist associated with 66 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.
- NPG D35317: Edward Venables Vernon Harcourt (from same plate)
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Art and science
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