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King William IV ('Wouski')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 23 January 1788
7 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in. (198 mm x 272 mm) plate size; 8 5/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (218 mm x 296 mm) paper size
- King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37. Sitter associated with 144 portraits.
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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