© National Portrait Gallery, London
Frances Abington (née Barton)
by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after Isaac Taylor Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 21 April 1792
5 5/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. (144 mm x 93 mm) plate size; 8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (204 mm x 130 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1908
- John Bell (1745-1831), Publisher. Artist associated with 57 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- Isaac Taylor (1730-1807), Engraver. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
- J. Thornthwaite (born 1740?), Engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits.
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