© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Philip Simms, after Robert White Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, circa 1731
11 in. x 7 1/4 in. (278 mm x 183 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), Bishop of London. Sitter associated with 28 portraits.
- Philip Simms (active 1725-1749). Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 608 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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