© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Henry Lee
by James Basire, after Moses Griffith Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1790
9 1/2 in. x 7 in. (242 mm x 178 mm) plate size; 19 7/8 in. x 13 5/8 in. (504 mm x 346 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Henry Lee (1533-1611), Master of the Ordnance. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- James Basire (1730-1802), Engraver. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Moses Griffith (1747-1819), Watercolour painter and engraver. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
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