© National Portrait Gallery, London
George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough
by William Walker, after Richard Buckner Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, mid 19th century
16 1/8 in. x 13 in. (409 mm x 330 mm) plate size; 21 3/4 in. x 16 1/4 in. (554 mm x 413 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Buckner (1812-1883), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 27 portraits.
- William Walker (1791-1867), Photographer, engraver and publisher. Artist associated with 119 portraits.
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