Sir James Mackintosh
by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after John Opie Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1804
7 7/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (200 mm x 120 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- William Ridley (1764-1838), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 102 portraits.
- Vernor & Hood (active 1794-1806), Publishers. Artist associated with 40 portraits.
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