© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Samuel Okey, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1765-1780 (circa 1762-1764)
14 in. x 10 in. (355 mm x 255 mm) plate size; 14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (365 mm x 263 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Nelly O'Brien (died 1768), Courtesan, beauty and model for Reynolds. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Samuel Okey (1741?-in or after 1780), Mezzotint engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
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