© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough
by John Samuel Agar, after Richard Cosway Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, circa 1825-1850
9 1/2 in. x 6 in. (241 mm x 153 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- John Samuel Agar (1773-1858), Engraver. Artist associated with 49 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
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