© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, late 1780s
13 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (353 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/8 in. (365 mm x 261 mm) paper size
- Edward Athawes (active late 1780s), Virginia merchant. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Dickinson (1746-1823), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 84 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Robert Edge Pine (1730-1788), Painter. Artist associated with 73 portraits.
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