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William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey; Mary Granville (née Villiers) Lady Lansdowne
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
16 1/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (411 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 16 5/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (421 mm x 259 mm) paper size
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D36508: William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey; Mary Granville (née Villiers) Lady Lansdowne (from same plate)
- NPG D36509: William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey; Mary Granville (née Villiers) Lady Lansdowne (from same plate)
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