© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Benjamin Wilson, after Thomas Barber Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published 1752
7 in. x 4 1/4 in. (178 mm x 108 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Satirist and divine. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- Thomas Barber (1771-1843), Painter and draughtsman. Artist associated with 31 portraits.
- Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), Portrait painter and scientist. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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