© National Portrait Gallery, London
by R. Cooper, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Sir Henry Raeburn Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 April 1816
17 3/8 in. x 13 in. (440 mm x 329 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Playfair (1748-1819), Mathematician and geologist. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- T. Cadell & W. Davies (active 1795-1817), Publishers. Artist associated with 234 portraits.
- R. Cooper (active 1825). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 74 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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