© National Portrait Gallery, London
by and published by Robert Pollard, published by William Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 14 November 1780
5 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (131 mm x 114 mm) plate size; 8 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (213 mm x 187 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Paul Sandby (1725-1809), Watercolour painter and engraver and a founder of the Royal Academy of Arts. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- William Humphrey (1742?-before 1815), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
- Robert Pollard (1755-1838), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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