© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Absolute wisdom, or Queen's owl. Taken from a wood' (Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt)
by and published by Richard Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, circa 1817-1825
12 7/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (327 mm x 213 mm)
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 308 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- NPG D13399: 'Absolute wisdom, or Queen's owl. Taken from a wood' (Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt) (from same plate)
- NPG D13489: 'Absolute wisdom, or Queen's owl. Taken from a wood' (Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt) (from same plate)
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