© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1731
9 5/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (245 mm x 172 mm) plate size; 9 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (251 mm x 182 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- John Milton (1608-1674), Poet. Sitter associated with 72 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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