© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian when Lord Newbattle; Lady Elizabeth Dormer (née Kerr)
by Valentine Green, published by Ryland and Bryer, after Katharine Read Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1768
20 in. x 14 in. (508 mm x 357 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1953
- Valentine Green (1739-1813), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Katharine Read (1723-1778), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 41 portraits.
- Ryland and Bryer (active 1765-1772), Engravers and printsellers. Artist associated with 30 portraits.
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