© National Portrait Gallery, London
Catherine Perceval (née Compton), Countess of Egmont; Charles George Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden
by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1765
14 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (378 mm x 277 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 12 in. (409 mm x 305 mm) paper size
- Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 182 portraits.
- James Macardell (1727 or 1728-1765), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 291 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- NPG D1829: Catherine Perceval (née Compton), Countess of Egmont; Charles George Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden (from same plate)
- NPG D2382: Catherine Perceval (née Compton), Countess of Egmont; Charles George Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden (from same plate)
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