© National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary Toft (née Denyer)
by John Faber Jr, after John Laguerre Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1726
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (352 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (390 mm x 268 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- John Laguerre (circa 1700-1748), Painter and singer. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
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