© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
possibly by Pieter Schenck, after David van der Plas Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1675-1700
9 5/8 in. x 7 in. (245 mm x 179 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 30 portraits, Artist associated with 1678 portraits.
- Pieter Schenck (1660-1711), Engraver and publisher. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
- David van der Plas (1647-1704), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
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