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Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury
by John Smith, sold by Edward Cooper Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1695
13 1/4 in. x 10 in. (338 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 17 5/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (449 mm x 276 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Edward Cooper (died 1725), Printseller. Artist associated with 169 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D1339: Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury (from same plate)
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