© National Portrait Gallery, London
Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset
by George Vertue, published by John & Paul Knapton Click on the links below to find out more
engraving, published circa 1746
14 1/4 in. x 9 1/8 in. (362 mm x 231 mm) plate size; 16 3/4 in. x 11 in. (426 mm x 279 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1929
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG D19223: Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (from same plate)
- NPG D35357: Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (from same plate)
- NPG D42873: Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (from same plate)
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