by Peltro William Tomkins, published by John Sharpe, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 19 February 1803
7 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (192 mm x 121 mm) plate size; 8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (204 mm x 132 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- John Sharpe (active 1803-1804). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1680 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- Peltro William Tomkins (1759-1840), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 54 portraits.
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