© National Portrait Gallery, London
David Garrick; William Hogarth
by Barak Longmate Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, early 19th century
9 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (240 mm x 165 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (286 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Sitter associated with 19 portraits, Artist associated with 126 portraits.
- Barak Longmate (1768-1836), Genealogical editor and heraldic engraver. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
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