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'The explanation'

3 of 12 portraits of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby

'The explanation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 30 May 1798 - NPG D12651 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The explanation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 May 1798
10 1/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (259 mm x 363 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 15 in. (270 mm x 380 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12651


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  • 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 717 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.