© National Portrait Gallery, London
Tomb of Sir Nicholas Bacon in St Paul's
by William Finden, published by Lackington & Co, and published by Longman & Co Click on the links below to find out more
etching, early 19th century
12 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (327 mm x 226 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (360 mm x 239 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.
- William Finden (1787-1852), Engraver. Artist associated with 33 portraits.
- Lackington & Co (active 1819). Artist associated with 3 portraits.
- Longman & Co (active 1806-1839), Publishers. Artist associated with 25 portraits.
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