© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham
by Charles Turner, after John Hoppner Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1809
13 1/2 in. x 10 in. (342 mm x 255 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 214 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 618 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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