© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Arthur Pond Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1746
14 1/2 in. x 9 in. (368 mm x 228 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 433 portraits.
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
- Arthur Pond (1701-1758), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- NPG D16746: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (from same plate)
- NPG D16747: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (from same plate)
- NPG D18696: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (from same plate)
- NPG D39365: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (from same plate)
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