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Sir William Jones
by John Cochran, published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1832 (1767-1769)
14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (375 mm x 262 mm) plate size; 17 1/4 in. x 11 7/8 in. (438 mm x 302 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Cochran (active 1821-1865), Engraver. Artist associated with 63 portraits.
- William Derby (1786-1847), Watercolour and miniature painter. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Harding & Lepard (active 1826-1836), Publishers. Artist associated with 73 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D15509: Sir William Jones (based on same portrait)
- NPG D36735: Sir William Jones (based on same portrait)
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