© National Portrait Gallery, London
Patrick Cotter (Patrick O'Brien)
by John Kay Click on the links below to find out more
etching and aquatint, 1803
10 3/4 in. x 8 in. (273 mm x 204 mm) paper size; 10 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (270 mm x 195 mm) plate size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 287 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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