© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Thomas Rowlandson, and by Auguste Charles Pugin, aquatinted by John Bluck, published by Rudolph Ackermann Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 May 1809
9 1/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (232 mm x 273 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (261 mm x 297 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), Publisher. Artist associated with 50 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Bluck (active 1791-1819), Aquatint engraver. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- Auguste Charles Pugin (1768 or 1769-1832), Artist and architectural draughtsman; father of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Satirical draughtsman. Artist associated with 25 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
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