© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Patern-staff. Weymouth 1797'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 3 November 1797
10 in. x 6 5/8 in. (254 mm x 169 mm) plate size; 11 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (292 mm x 193 mm) paper size
- 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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