published by Silvester Harding Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 20 January 1803
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (192 mm x 138 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 11 in. (436 mm x 280 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755), Topographer and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Silvester Harding (1745-1809), Artist and publisher. Artist associated with 217 portraits.
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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