© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after John Opie Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1796
6 3/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (162 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (287 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Writer and feminist; wife of William Godwin. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Thomas Bellamy (1745-1800), Writer. Artist associated with 13 portraits.
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- William Ridley (1764-1838), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 102 portraits.
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