© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Alfred ('The Great')
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 18th century
7 1/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (184 mm x 108 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG D23582: King Alfred ('The Great') (from same plate)
- NPG D23576: King Alfred ('The Great') (from same plate)
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