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Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) ('A bravura air mandane')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 22 December 1801
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (354 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (388 mm x 278 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG D1066: Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) ('A bravura air mandane') (from same plate)
- NPG D12775: Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) ('A bravura air mandane') (from same plate)
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