© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Chapman, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1798 (1718)
Given by James Lungley Douthwaite, 1938
- John Chapman (active 1792-1823), Engraver. Artist associated with 52 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1679 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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