© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Philip Kemble as Hamlet
by William Barnard, published by H. Fuller, after George Hounsom Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1 November 1803
24 1/4 in. x 16 in. (616 mm x 405 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- William Barnard (baptised 1774-1849), Engraver. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
- H. Fuller (active 1803), Print publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- George Hounsom (active 1796-1806), Miniaturist. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review
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