by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Thomas Phillips Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published 1 May 1808 (1807)
14 5/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (372 mm x 262 mm) plate size; 15 1/4 in. x 11 in. (387 mm x 278 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- William Blake (1757-1827), Visionary poet and painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Robert Hartley Cromek (1771-1812). Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810), Printmaker. Artist associated with 24 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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