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John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1696 (1696)
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (350 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 10 1/4 in. (356 mm x 260 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 D1889: John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter (from same plate)
- NPG D1890: John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter (from same plate)
- NPG D19010: John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter (from same plate)
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