© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and 2nd Earl of Elgin
by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
11 3/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (290 mm x 197 mm) plate size, small margins
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D19773: Robert Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and 2nd Earl of Elgin (from same plate)
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Art and science
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Papist Richard Talbot is appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland, the first Catholic to take the position since the Reformation.