© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset
by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1749
14 5/8 in. x 9 in. (370 mm x 228 mm) plate size; 19 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (503 mm x 349 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 435 portraits.
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
- NPG D18900: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D25787: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D41813: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
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