© National Portrait Gallery, London
Mrs Cross as St Catherine
by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 in. x 9 3/8 in. (331 mm x 239 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Mrs Cross (active 1697-1700), Actress. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D2237: Mrs Cross as St Catherine (from same plate)
- NPG D11725: Mrs Cross as St Catherine (from same plate)
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