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Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland
by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after Thomas Phillips Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1 October 1806
14 1/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (358 mm x 233 mm) plate size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (418 mm x 293 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1963
- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835), Mezzotint engraver and painter. Artist associated with 628 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- NPG D39310: Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland (from same plate)
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