© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Edward II
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
engraving, engraved 1735
11 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (294 mm x 190 mm) plate size; 13 3/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (340 mm x 231 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- King Edward II (1284-1327), Reigned 1307-27. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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