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Hon. William Windham
by and published by William Say, after John Hoppner Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 2 May 1803
15 1/4 in. x 11 1/8 in. (387 mm x 283 mm) plate size; 19 1/4 in. x 13 5/8 in. (488 mm x 347 mm) paper size
Given by Mr F.W.B. Maufe and Mrs G.B. Lane, 1950
- Hon. William Windham (1750-1810), Politician; Secretary at War. Sitter associated with 50 portraits.
- John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 214 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG D4861: Hon. William Windham (from same plate)
- NPG D19375: Hon. William Windham (from same plate)
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