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Edmund Kean as Hamlet
by Thomas Woolnoth, published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Thomas Charles Wageman Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1818
5 3/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (138 mm x 96 mm) paper size
Given by Bonnie and Robert Meech, 2010
- Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- Simpkin and Marshall (active 1818-1831), Publishers. Artist associated with 61 portraits.
- Thomas Charles Wageman (1787-1863), Painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Artist associated with 262 portraits, Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
- Thomas Woolnoth (1785-1857), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 121 portraits.
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