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Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt
by William Say, published by Josiah Boydell, after Arthur William Devis Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1 January 1817 (1815-1816)
19 7/8 in. x 15 5/8 in. (506 mm x 396 mm) plate size; 24 5/8 in. x 20 3/8 in. (626 mm x 517 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1908
- Josiah Boydell (1752-1817), Artist and publisher. Artist associated with 66 portraits.
- Arthur William Devis (1762-1822), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 37 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG 1481: Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt (after)
- NPG D11315: Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt (from same plate)
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