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George Anson, 1st Baron Anson
by and sold by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1755
- James Macardell (1727 or 1728-1765), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 291 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D738: George Anson, 1st Baron Anson (from same plate)
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