© National Portrait Gallery, London
'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum'
by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published 1 May 1788
9 in. x 11 3/8 in. (229 mm x 289 mm) plate size; 8 3/4 in. x 12 1/8 in. (222 mm x 309 mm) paper size
- Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.
- Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
- Sir Philip Francis (1740-1818), Whig politician and pamphleteer. Sitter in 16 portraits.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Dramatist and parliamentary orator. Sitter associated with 163 portraits.
- Thomas Cornell (active 1780-1792). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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