© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir William Jones
by James Heath, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1799 (1767-1769)
10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (265 mm x 203 mm) plate size; 17 3/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (442 mm x 300 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1959
- James Heath (1757-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 78 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 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 D36734: Sir William Jones (based on same portrait)
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