© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Worthies of Britain' (Sir Isaac Newton; Edmond Halley; Nicholas Saunderson; John Flamsteed)
by Francis Kyte, published by John Bowles Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1720-1745
14 in. x 10 in. (355 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 10 3/8 in. (367 mm x 265 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- John Bowles (1701?-1779), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 114 portraits.
- Francis Kyte (active 1710-died 1744), Engraver and portrait painter. Artist associated with 32 portraits.
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