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Sir James Thornhill
by and published by John Faber Jr, after Joseph Highmore Click on the links below to find out more
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (353 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 15 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (387 mm x 285 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. Sitter associated with 14 portraits, Artist associated with 23 portraits.
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), Painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits.
- NPG D4688: Sir James Thornhill (from same plate)
- NPG D4689: Sir James Thornhill (from same plate)
- NPG D19200: Sir James Thornhill (from same plate)
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