© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Cochran, after Sir George Hayter Click on the links below to find out more
stipple and line engraving, published 1837
9 in. x 5 3/4 in. (228 mm x 146 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (270 mm x 206 mm) paper size
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 528 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- John Cochran (1803-after 1865), Engraver. Artist associated with 63 portraits.
- Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
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