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Benjamin Bathurst; William, Duke of Gloucester
by and published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1697 (1696)
16 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (416 mm x 266 mm) plate size; 16 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (428 mm x 277 mm) paper size
- Thomas Murray (1663-1735), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 84 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D9212: Benjamin Bathurst; William, Duke of Gloucester (from same plate)
- NPG D1336: Benjamin Bathurst; William, Duke of Gloucester (from same plate)
- NPG D32802: Benjamin Bathurst; William, Duke of Gloucester (from same plate)
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