© National Portrait Gallery, London
Elizabeth Montagu (née Robinson)
by Thomas Cheesman, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 26 May 1809 (1775)
15 in. x 11 7/8 in. (380 mm x 302 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Thomas Cheesman (1760-circa 1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D13889: Elizabeth Montagu (née Robinson) (from same plate)
- NPG D19989: Elizabeth Montagu (née Robinson) (from same plate)
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