© National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary (née Kent), Lady Thorold
by William Skelton, after George Francis Joseph, after Peter Rouw Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, early 19th century
14 in. x 11 1/8 in. (355 mm x 284 mm) plate size; 16 3/8 in. x 13 in. (416 mm x 331 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- George Francis Joseph (1764-1846), Portrait and subject painter. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
- Peter Rouw (1771-1852). Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- William Skelton (1763-1848), Engraver. Artist associated with 59 portraits.
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Art and science
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