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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt ('A member of the corporation')
by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1820 (1824)
12 in. x 7 7/8 in. (305 mm x 200 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (377 mm x 261 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 300 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- Thomas McLean (1788-1875), Publisher and dealer. Artist associated with 952 portraits.
- NPG D13372: Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt ('A member of the corporation') (from same plate)
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