© National Portrait Gallery, London
Karl Friedrich Abel
by William Nelson Gardiner, published by Edward Harding, after John Nixon Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published July 1787 (1787)
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (190 mm x 136 mm) paper size
- William Nelson Gardiner (1766-1814), Engraver and bookseller. Artist associated with 51 portraits.
- Edward Harding (1755-1840), Engraver, publisher and librarian to Queen Charlotte. Artist associated with 186 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Nixon (1760-1818). Artist associated with 7 portraits.
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