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John Philip Kemble
by and published by William Sharp, after Sir Martin Archer Shee Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 7 April 1803
12 in. x 9 1/4 in. (305 mm x 234 mm) plate size; 12 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in. (318 mm x 247 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- William Sharp (1749-1824), Engraver. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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