© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Samuel Freeman, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Wright Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 4 February 1817
15 in. x 13 in. (381 mm x 329 mm) plate size; 22 in. x 15 1/4 in. (558 mm x 386 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845), Wit and Canon of St Paul's. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- T. Cadell & W. Davies (active 1795-1817), Publishers. Artist associated with 234 portraits.
- Samuel Freeman (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 79 portraits.
- John Wright (circa 1745-1820), Engraver and miniaturist. Artist associated with 33 portraits.
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