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William Fletcher ('The father of the Corporation of Oxford. Omnibus Carus')
by and published by Robert Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published March 1808
10 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (273 mm x 190 mm) plate size; 12 3/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (315 mm x 259 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1895
- William Fletcher (1739-1826), Banker, bookseller and mayor of Oxford. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D9446: William Fletcher ('The father of the Corporation of Oxford. Omnibus Carus') (from same plate)
- NPG D13448: William Fletcher ('The father of the Corporation of Oxford. Omnibus Carus') (from same plate)
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