© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus'
by William Platt, after William Hogarth Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, late 18th century
15 in. x 9 7/8 in. (380 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 19 3/8 in. x 13 5/8 in. (491 mm x 347 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 128 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
- William Platt (1775-after 1796), Engraver. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- NPG D37235: 'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus' (from same plate)
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