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Frances Weston (née Stuart), Countess of Portland
published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1684
14 3/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (364 mm x 277 mm) plate size; 15 7/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (403 mm x 211 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1017 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
From a double portrait with Catherine Howard by van Dyck, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
- NPG D3941: Frances Weston (née Stuart), Countess of Portland (from same plate)
- NPG D4003: Frances Weston (née Stuart), Countess of Portland (from same plate)
- NPG D20473: Frances Weston (née Stuart), Countess of Portland (from same plate)
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Art and science
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