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Richard Ayton

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Richard Ayton, by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by  Taylor & Hessey, after  Richard Westall, published 1825 - NPG D1010 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Ayton

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by Taylor & Hessey, after Richard Westall
stipple engraving, published 1825
7 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (192 mm x 122 mm); 6 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (156 mm x 114 mm)
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
Reference Collection
NPG D1010

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  • Richard Ayton (1786-1823), Dramatist and miscellaneous writer. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Frederick Christian Lewis Sr (1779-1856), Engraver and landscape painter. Artist associated with 192 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Taylor & Hessey (active 1806-1825), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Richard Westall (1765-1836), History painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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