© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath
by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1717)
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (355 mm x 253 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- NPG D18764: William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (from same plate)
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