© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath
by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1755-1757)
8 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (225 mm x 202 mm) plate size; 10 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in. (269 mm x 216 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG D666: William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (from same plate)
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