© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Henry Robinson, published by William Pickering, after James Inskipp Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1832
12 in. x 8 1/4 in. (306 mm x 208 mm) plate size; 17 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (437 mm x 300 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Izaak Walton (1593-1683), Author of 'The Compleat Angler'. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- James Inskipp (1790-1868), Painter. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Pickering (1796-1854), Publisher and bookseller. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- John Henry Robinson (1796-1871), Engraver. Artist associated with 118 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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