© National Portrait Gallery, London
Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin
by George White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1732 (circa 1710-1712)
14 3/8 in. x 10 in. (366 mm x 253 mm) paper size
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- George White (circa 1684-1732), Engraver. Artist associated with 120 portraits.
- NPG D20160: Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin (from same plate)
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