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Lord Charles Spencer
by and published by Charles Turner, after Henry Ashby Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 20 November 1803
17 7/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (455 mm x 301 mm) plate size; 22 1/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (564 mm x 401 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1956
- Henry Ashby (1778-1847), Painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 618 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review
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