14 of 28 portraits of Nicholas Ridley
by and published by John Faber Sr
mezzotint, early 18th century
10 3/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (263 mm x 198 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (270 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Sitterback to top
- Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), Bishop of London. Sitter associated with 28 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Faber Sr (circa 1660-1721), Draughtsman and engraver. Artist associated with 195 portraits.
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