© National Portrait Gallery, London
Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland
by Isaac Beckett, after William Wissing Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1683)
13 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (337 mm x 248 mm) paper size
- Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
- William Wissing (1656-1687), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 146 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Art and science
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