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Boothby Clopton ('A prince of the old school')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 11 March 1800
10 in. x 7 3/4 in. (253 mm x 198 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (300 mm x 224 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.
- NPG D12728: Boothby Clopton ('A prince of the old school') (from same plate)
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