© National Portrait Gallery, London
by James Heath, after John Giles Eccardt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1 May 1798
7 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (187 mm x 144 mm) plate size; 10 7/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (276 mm x 208 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- Richard Bentley (1708-1782), Writer and artist; son of Richard Bentley. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Giles Eccardt (active 1740-died 1779), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
- James Heath (1757-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 79 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
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