© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
by Robert White, printed for Richard Chiswell Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1679
9 3/4 in. x 6 3/8 in. (248 mm x 163 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (262 mm x 176 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Richard Chiswell (1640-1711), Bookseller. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
- Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 607 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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