© National Portrait Gallery, London
Ethelreda (née Harrison), Viscountess Townshend
by John Faber Jr, after Jean Baptiste van Loo Click on the links below to find out more
12 7/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (327 mm x 232 mm) plate size; 15 1/4 in. x 11 1/8 in. (387 mm x 283 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745), Painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits.
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