© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Christopher Wren
by James Godby, published by Edward Orme, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 1815
14 3/4 in. x 10 1/8 in. (374 mm x 257 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- James Godby (active 1790-1815), Printmaker. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
- Edward Orme (1775-1848), Engraver, printseller and property developer. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
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