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Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt
by and published by John Smith, after J. Sommer Click on the links below to find out more
13 1/2 in. x 9 7/8 in. (344 mm x 250 mm) plate size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- J. Sommer (active late 17th century), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- NPG D1248: Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D11694: Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D4680: Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D31205: Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D38465: Sir Charles Napier, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
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Art and science
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