© National Portrait Gallery, London
by William Nelson Gardiner, published by E. & S. Harding, after Silvester Harding Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1794
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (190 mm x 137 mm) plate size; 8 in. x 6 in. (204 mm x 154 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
- William Nelson Gardiner (1766-1814), Engraver and bookseller. Artist associated with 51 portraits.
- E. & S. Harding (active 1786-before 1798), Publishers. Artist associated with 92 portraits.
- Silvester Harding (1745-1809), Artist; publisher. Artist associated with 217 portraits.
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