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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1685-1688 (1685)
14 3/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (366 mm x 290 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 30 portraits, Artist associated with 1681 portraits.
- Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG 3794: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
- NPG D3498: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D19603: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D11493: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D36899: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
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