© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Capell-Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex; Elizabeth Monson (née Capel), Lady Monson
by and published by Charles Turner, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 14 July 1817 (1767)
22 in. x 16 1/4 in. (560 mm x 414 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 618 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- NPG D36574: George Capell-Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex; Elizabeth Monson (née Capel), Lady Monson (from same plate)
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