© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
by and published by John Simon, after Hans Hysing Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1727-1742
13 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (350 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (363 mm x 261 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1949
- Hans Hysing (1678-1752 or 1753), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 36 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
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