© National Portrait Gallery, London
by James Posselwhite, printed by Dixon & Ross, after George Richmond Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1850 (1845)
20 7/8 in. x 16 3/8 in. (529 mm x 416 mm) plate size; 27 1/8 in. x 19 1/4 in. (688 mm x 488 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1959
- James Loch (1780-1855), Lawyer and estate commissioner. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Dixon & Ross (active 1833-1846), Printers. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- James Posselwhite (1798-1884), Engraver. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
- George Richmond (1809-1896), Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond. Artist associated with 325 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.
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