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Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough
by and sold by Richard Houston, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
13 1/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (332 mm x 227 mm) plate size; 13 1/4 in. x 9 in. (336 mm x 230 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 189 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D3674: Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (from same plate)
- NPG D3675: Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (from same plate)
- NPG D3676: Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (from same plate)
- NPG D38244: Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (from same plate)
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