© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough when Earl of Sunderland; Charles Spencer-Churchill
by and published by William Whiston Barney, after Richard Cosway Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 14 September 1805
21 1/8 in. x 15 3/4 in. (535 mm x 399 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1949
- William Whiston Barney (active 1805-1808), Mezzotinter and publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
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