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William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire
by and published by Richard Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published October 1820
14 in. x 8 7/8 in. (355 mm x 226 mm) paper size
- Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 311 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- NPG D8736: William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire ('A view of Devonshire') (from same plate)
- NPG D13513: William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire (from same plate)
- NPG D13638: William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire (reduced version)
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