© National Portrait Gallery, London
Hon. William Windham
by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Thomas Lawrence Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1803-1835 (1803)
17 3/4 in. x 14 in. (452 mm x 355 mm) paper size
- Hon. William Windham (1750-1810), Politician; Secretary at War. Sitter associated with 50 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835), Mezzotint engraver and painter. Artist associated with 628 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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