William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester
by William Say, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, early 19th century
20 1/2 in. x 13 3/4 in. (522 mm x 350 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1958
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review
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