19 of 43 portraits of Benjamin West
by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
12 in. x 9 3/4 in. (304 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (360 mm x 298 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 39 portraits.
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Current affairsTo meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.
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